Chandigarh: In a major decision, the Punjab cabinet has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all government jobs. Also, a ban on use of beacons on government vehicles, foreign travel of ministers for two years and organising of banquets on state expense, in a bid to end VIP culture in Punjab.
He added women will be given the reservation also in the contractual appointments of the state government. Reaffirming the Punjab Congress’s commitment towards empowerment of women, the cabinet also decided to increase their representation in the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) from the present 33 per cent to 50 per cent, the spokesperson said.
Beacons will be only allowed on vehicles engaged in emergency services like ambulances and fire brigades, and on cars of the Chief Justice and judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, an official spokesman said.
The spokesman said the cabinet has decided to stop the use of red beacons and those of other colours, it has put a two-year ban on foreign travel of all ministers and MLAs on state expense, and banned banquets or dinners at government expense.
The cabinet has decided that foreign travel will be allowed where it is so mandated or provided and under bilateral arrangement, he said, adding a new policy on use of beacons on vehicles will soon be notified.
No state banquets or dinners would be held at government expense, except in the honour of the President, the Vice-President, the Prime Minister, the Lok Sabha Speaker, Governors and visiting foreign dignitaries, he said.
A series of decisions were also taken for the benefit of freedom fighters. The cabinet has decided to provide a house to every freedom fighter in the place he resides, besides allocating 300 units of free electricity every month, he said.