Punjab govt decides to cancel license of 56 salt mining companies


Caretaker Punjab Cabinet has decided to cancel license of 56 salt mining companies in the province. This was decided during meeting of Caretaker Cabinet chaired by the Caretaker Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi.

The cabinet formed a committee to complete formalities for cancellation of licenses and granted approval for amended rock salt policy for making the salt mining procedure transparent. The Caretaker Cabinet also granted permission to students for free travel in Metro Bus Service while in uniform.

The meeting directed Energy Department to take measures for power savings under Prime Minister’s Energy Conservation Policy.

The cabinet also constituted a committee for the purpose.

It was noted with concern that the last government by issuing licenses to favourites without bidding and an open auction caused a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer. The cabinet also gave a green signal to taking steps to make issuance of licenses for mining transparent. It was decided that from now onwards licenses would be issued through open auction.

Approval was also given to the Punjab’s recently amended Rock Salt Policy.

Likewise, the cabinet decided to give a big relief to the students travelling through Orange Train and metro bus. It was decided that from now onwards, students would be able to travel free of cost.

The cabinet gave instructions to the energy department to take steps to save energy in the light of prime minister’s Energy Conservation Plan.

CM Naqvi ordered reduction in the consumption of electricity units at government offices.

He gave instructions to all government departments to implement the save energy plan.

The cabinet approved extension in the contracts of employees of Information and Communication Technology Cell. Similarly, the decision was also taken to extend contracts of employees of Police and Strategic Planning Unit of Primary and Secondary Health.—INP