41.89 crore compensation has been approved in case of damage to cotton crop in Muktsar district. Of this, 38.08 crores are for farmers and 03.81 crores are for farm laborers.
The second cabinet meeting of the Punjab government was held in Chandigarh on Monday. Many big decisions were taken in the cabinet meeting. The cabinet has approved 26 thousand 454 posts of various departments. At the same time, notification of one MLA one pension has also been approved. Apart from this, approval of door-to-door ration distribution scheme (flour option from October 1) has also been approved.
41.89 crore compensation has been approved in case of damage to cotton crop in Muktsar district. Of this, 38.08 crores are for farmers and 03.81 crores are for farm laborers. For small transporters, the time limit for depositing fee has been extended to three months. Fee can be paid in installments.
Earlier on Sunday, the Mann government made it clear that 117 MLAs of the state will now have to file their income tax on their own. This decision will be finalized in the cabinet. This will save about 70 lakh rupees from the government exchequer every year.
When the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was in opposition, it strongly opposed the income tax of MLAs from the state exchequer. Before the elections, the party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders had announced that when the Aam Aadmi Party government is formed in Punjab, it will rein in such expenditure from the exchequer. As soon as the government was formed, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has started taking decisions to reduce the additional financial burden on the exchequer.
Till now, during the tenure of the previous governments, the income tax of MLAs was paid from the state treasury. Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had also appealed to the MLAs to file income tax himself, but none of the MLAs took it seriously and the income tax of the MLAs continued to be filled from the account of the government. Income tax was filed on behalf of only two MLAs Kuljit Singh Nagra and Sukhpal Singh Khaira. Now the new government of the state is going to take a tough decision on this. The Chief Minister will announce this decision today that now the MLAs themselves will pay income tax. This will save about 70 lakh rupees a year on the exchequer of the government. Earlier, during the tenure of Captain Sarkar, Rs 2.75 crore was spent in filing income tax of MLAs.
‘One MLA one pension’ has been decided
Before this decision, the decision of ‘One MLA, One Pension’ has been implemented by the Punjab Government. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had said that this decision will reduce the additional burden on the exchequer. The money saved from the pension of MLAs will be spent in the works of public concerns. Now the MLAs are being given a lump sum pension by the government.
Preparation for reduction in other allowances also
The Punjab government has so far taken two major decisions regarding the MLAs. Now the government is also preparing to cut the allowances given to the MLAs. According to the government spokesperson, soon the government will also take a decision on the deduction of allowances worth lakhs of rupees to the MLAs.