Punjab to get 20 fast-track courts soon

The Punjab cabinet on Tuesday approved the setting up of 20 fast-track courts in the state for speedy trial of cases of crime against women. It also decided to create 20 additional posts of superior judicial services, along with supporting staff, to provide immediate justice to women.

It gave nod to recruit six DSPs, 36 inspectors, 415 women sub-inspectors and 400 women constables in Punjab Police to look cases of crime against women in the state.

This will put an additional burden of Rs 18 crore annually on the state exchequer.

The cabinet also approved the draft of Punjab Minor Mineral Rules-2013 and Punjab Minerals (prevention of illegal mining, transportation and storage) Rules-2012 keeping in mind the problem of shortage of bricks, sand and other construction material. Under this, district level committees will be constituted for provide environment clearances to mines below an area of five hectares. A cluster, not exceeding 100 hectares, will be set up for those mines having an area less than five hectares. To monitor the auctioned mines, electronic weighing machines will be installed.

To safeguard the rights of schoolgoing children, the cabinet decided to amend rules 11 (1), 11(5) and 18(1) of the Punjab Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education-2011, thereby extending the deadline of filing declaration by schools under the act by five months. This will benefit around 1.72 lakh students studying in 1,673 schools across the state.

The government also decided that an ordinance will be issued to amend Punjab Lokpal Act-1996, thereby paving way for the appointment of a Up-Lokpal in the state.

In the cabiNet

Budget session of the Assembly from March 11 to 28

Amend Punjab Motor Vehicle Taxation Act-1924

Levy 1 per cent cultural cess on construction of roads, bridges and flyovers by state government

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