Chandigarh: In a pro-poor initiative, the Cabinet gave approval to consider all those families under Shagun scheme from April 1, 2009 to March 31 across the state, which had applied after the prescribed period was over but otherwise eligible. A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of Council of Ministers chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Punjab Bhawan on Wednesday evening.
Disclosing this on Wednesday, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that in view of hardships faced by the economically poor families due to non-submission of their applications on time due to certain unavoidable reasons, this decision would now enable to cover such hapless families during the current fiscal year that is 2016-17, who were earlier denied the facility of Shagun of Rs 15,000 with effect from April 1, 2009 to March 31. It may be recalled that according to existing provision, the family could apply under this scheme a month prior and a month later from the day of marriage is solemnised.
The Cabinet also created three separate boards for the welfare of Christian, Saini and Ramgharia community, which would be represented as Christian Welfare Board, Saini Welfare Board and Ramgharia Welfare Board. These Boards would look into the issues and problems faced by the respective communities and would recommend solution to their problems. Honour for Punjabi Suba martyrs Chandigarh: In a bid to recognise the enormous contribution of valiant people of state during Punjabi Suba struggle, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday announced to felicitate the families of those Punjabis who attained martyrdom or were jailed during this watershed movement in the history of Punjab.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal while presiding over a high-level meeting to chalk out a plan to organize series of program to commemorate 50th anniversary of carving out of modern Punjab state after relentless struggle by Punjabis. He said that a suitable memorial to these heroes would be constructed in Amritsar. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister gave nod to constitute a committee to chalk out a detailed program for the function to be held in this connection. Amritsar, Gurdaspur to have Masih Bhawans Chief Minister Parkash Singh badal on Wednesday announced that teh state Government would soon set up Masih Bhawans in Amritsar and Gurdaspur in recognition of the enormous contribution of the Christian community.
The Chief Minister also asked the departments concerned to provide land for the graveyards for both Muslim and Christian communities within the next two months. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal asked the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to start the process of filling vacant posts in minority commission as the state government had recently enhanced the number of members from 5 to 10.
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