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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Punjab's Congress Govt led by Amarinder Singh announces reservation for women, dumps VIP culture Saturday March 18,2017

The new Congress Govt led by Amarinder Singh in its maiden Cabinet Meeting in Chandigarh on Saturday March 18,2017 announced reservation for women in jobs and urban and rural local bodies and an end to use of red beacons on official vehicles by the Chief Minister, ministers, legislators and officers.

"Punjab is the first state to give 33 per cent reservation for women in jobs, including contractual appointments, and 50 per cent reservation to them in Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies," Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal told the after the meeting

There will also be no auction of land of farmers, who have availed of loans but have not paid back, by any bank, including cooperative ones.
Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said the Cabinet announced the setting up of a special Cabinet sub-committee to provide details on debt of farmers within 60 days to enable the Congress government to take further action.

The Cabinet meeting discussed 140 agenda items.

It is to be noted that the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government assumed charge in Punjab on March 16,2017 after the Congress swept the assembly polls on March 11, 2017 winning 77 of the 117 assembly seats.

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