Punjab Cabinet approves recruitment of teachers on contract

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Chandigarh, Feb 27 (UNI) The Punjab Cabinet today approved the revival and filling up of 13,998 vacancies of school teachers on contract basis.

Out of these, 9998 and 4000 teachers would be appointed in the primary and secondary education cadres respectively.

The meeting of the Cabinet was held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The Cabinet also approved to establish Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University sponsored by Sri Guru Granth Sahib 4th Centenary Memorial Trust through introducing ''The Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University'' Bill, 2008 in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for enactment. The trust would be established under the Indian Trust Act, as a constituent unit of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

The Cabinet also decided to introduce the Punjab Compulsory Registration of Marriages Bill, 2008 in the forthcoming session of the Vidhan Sabha for enactment. Likewise it was also decided to convert the Punjab Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008 into an Act through the presentation of Bill in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

The Cabinet also gave a go ahead for the enhancement of limit of disbursement of ''discretionary grants'' for development purposes by the Chief Minister, Ministers and Chief Parliamentary Secretaries from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 on one occasion for one single purpose.

The Cabinet also approved the creation of Punjab State Relief Fund. The collection from this fund would be primarily used to pay the premium on insurance for the poor, needy and destitute.

The Cabinet also approved to raise the borrowing limit of the Punjab State Electricity Board from Rs 11,000 crore to Rs 15,000 crore to meet the cash crunch position.

The Cabinet also approved the constitution of Educational Tribunal covering all aided and un-aided Educational Institutions in the state of Punjab. The Additional Deputy Commissioners (General) at the district level would be vested with the powers of the Tribunal for hearing the appeals at the district level within their respective districts.

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