Special Assistant to Chief Minister (SACM) Punjab on Information Hasaan Khawar Tuesday said that the Punjab cabinet amended the Punjab Civil Servants Act, 1974, approving allocation of 33 per cent quota in government jobs for the south Punjab region.
Briefing the media at Alhamra Arts Council about the 51st meeting of the provincial cabinet, he said that the government had fulfilled the demand of the people of south Punjab, saying that the cabinet made amendment in Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, and approved leasing of government land for corporate farming under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Punjab Sahulat Bazaar Authority Act 2021.
He said that the cabinet also approved amendment to rules for regularising the contract employees of various departments, in the light of court orders, approval of amendments to birth control policy for stray dogs, Punjab Road Safety Authority Act, and the Punjab Drugs Rules. It also approved re-constitution of the District Consumer Protection Council to bring technical and vocational education institutions under one platform.
The SACM said that the cabinet also approved token tax exemption for electric vehicles in Punjab, asserting that it was a good decision of the provincial cabinet for approval of the establishment of Punjab Private Schools Regulatory Authority.
He said that austerity measures in the province for the current financial year and approval to upgrade various posts were also part of the decisions of the cabinet, adding that various amendments and approvals had been given on other important issues as well.
Hasaan Khawar said that the government was taking difficult decisions despite the challenges, adding that reducing petroleum prices by Rs 10 and electricity by Rs 5 even in difficult circumstances was a difficult but revolutionary decision of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.