Ruchika M Khanna
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab cabinet, led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, has approved home delivery of wheat flour to 1.54 crore beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries will start receiving the flour from 1 October.
The decision will impose an additional charge of Rs 670 crore on the Treasury to grind the wheat and deliver it to beneficiaries at their doorsteps.
Until now, wheat was distributed to beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act program every three months and the expenditure was Rs 1,825 crore.
Beneficiaries will now receive 5 kilograms of flour per month.
The cabinet also decided on the finer details to start recruiting 26,454 people in the government sector. This decision was taken at the first meeting and all departments were asked to identify vacancies.
Cabinet approval was also taken on the amnesty program for private carriers announced by CM Mann a few days ago.
Under this scheme, 78,000 bus, car and taxi operators would benefit because they can pay their dues without paying interest or fearing a penalty.
Earlier, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited CMD Baldev Singh Sran made a brief presentation to the cabinet regarding the power situation in the state.
An information session on the purchase of 10% imported coal for blending purposes was also given to ministers.
We learn that he told the ministers that PSPCL had supplied 32% more electricity than had been supplied during the corresponding period last year. He said the problem of the power shortage last week was due to a technical problem in the power stations.
Another important decision taken on Monday is the implementation of the decision to grant only one pension to MPs. The CM had announced it earlier.