In a major pro-farmer decision aimed at safeguarding their interests during natural calamities, the Punjab Cabinet on Friday gave nod for enhancing the compensation due to nature’s fury by 25 per cent per acre thereby giving a major respite to the food growers.
“Keeping in view the loss incurred by the farmers recently due to heavy rains, hailstorms, and strong winds, the Cabinet has decided to enhance the relief amount from Rs 12,000 per acre to Rs 15,000 per acre for 76-100 per cent loss of crops. This measure will give a healing touch to the affected farmers who will be able to get a reasonable financial relief from the government,” said a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, adding that these relief rates will be applicable from March 1, 2023.
Last Date for Stamp Duty Exemption Extended to Apr 30
In larger public interest, the Cabinet approved extending the exemption of 2.25 percent stamp duty and fees to those registering their property or land by April 30. Those opting for registration of land will now be exempted from one per cent Additional stamp duty, one per cent PIDB fees, and 0.25 per cent special fees.
Hiring 2574 Kisan Mitras, 108 Field Supervisors
To encourage the farmers to get out of the rut of wheat-paddy cycle and cultivate less water guzzling crops like Cotton and Basmati, the Cabinet also gave approval for hiring 2,574 Kisan Mitras and 108 field supervisors in the Agriculture Department. The step will act as a catalyst to save precious groundwater by boosting crop diversification program on one hand and providing employment to the youth of the state on the other.
Enacting Punjab Canal and Drainage Act-2023
To ensure hindrance-free canal waters to farmers and land owners for irrigation purposes, maintenance, repair, and timely cleanliness of canals, drainage, and natural water courses, the Cabinet gave its nod for formation of the Punjab Canal and Drainage Act-2023 to regulate and manage canals and drainage in the state. Apart from this, the Act will also provide a fair and transparent mechanism for redressal of grievances of water users and other regulatory restrictions against unnecessary wastage of water.
Framing Rules to Curb Child Labour
To further curb the menace of child and adolescent labour, the Cabinet also gave its approval to frame ‘The Punjab Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Rules-2023’ with amendment in the 1986 Act through The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016.
Premature Release of Life Convicts Confined in Punjab’s Jails
The Cabinet also gave green signal for sending the cases of eight prisoners for seeking Premature Release of life convicts confined in the jails of state. After the nod of Cabinet under Article 163 of the Constitution of India, these special remission or premature release cases will be submitted to the Punjab Governor under Article 161 of the Indian Constitution.
The Cabinet also gave approval for sending the case of special remission to convicts confined in Jails of Punjab, in the second phase to commemorate the 75th Independence Day of India being celebrated as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.