Chandigarh: While the recent inclusion of Saini in Backward Class list has created a split in the community, Punjab Cabinet, on the recommendations of the State Backward Classes Commission, on Monday approved the further inclusion of Gosai/Goswami, Yadav/Aahir and Rabari communities in the list of Backward Classes of the state so as to raise their status in the society.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here at Punjab Bhawan, on Monday evening.
The Cabinet also gave green signal to amend the current list of backward classes of Punjab to include these castes in view of the requisite economic, social and academic status of these communities.
The Cabinet also approved the recommendations of Cabinet Sub-committee comprising Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon and Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa regarding the settlement of legacy food credit account which is to reduce the rate of interest from 9.26 per cent to 8.25 per cent.
The Cabinet also decided to extend the Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna to provide Health insurance to 40 lakh Blue Card Holders, Farmers, Traders and Labourer Families from November 1, this year, to October 31, 2017. At present, around 24.72 lakh beneficiaries were availing the benefits of this scheme. In the extended policy, around 40 lakh beneficiaries would avail the benefit of this scheme from November 1, this year, at a cost of Rs 180 crore to be borne by the state government.
The Cabinet gave approval for the up-gradation of Civil Dispensary, Bhogpur to Primary Health Centre in the larger public interest. The Cabinet also gave approval to sanction 13 new posts of requisite staff.
Taking cognisance of the recovery process initiated by the Cane commissioner in compliance with the decision taken by the Cabinet in past for recovering Rs 50 per quintal from Private Sugar Mills, the Cabinet also approved the proposal of Agriculture Department to ensure recovery of Rs 213 crore from the Private Sugar Mills for the outstanding payment of sugar cane dues to the farmers.
It was further decided that since the farmers dues were to be paid, hence the state government would pay the remaining Rs 112 crore as a stop-gap arrangement.
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