Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann emphasized the need to further strengthen relations between Punjab and Canada, especially Saskatchewan.
During the discussions with the high-level delegation of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, the Chief Minister said that there is a need for strong and friendly relations between Punjab and this province of Canada. He said that Punjabis are playing an important role in the socio-economic progress of Canada. Bhagwant Mann said that it is a matter of great pride and satisfaction that a large number of Punjabis have made a separate place for themselves in the political arena of Canada.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab is the most preferred location for setting up industries from across the country. He invited the Saskatchewan delegation to encourage entrepreneurs to invest in Punjab so that they can take advantage of the conducive environment for industrial development. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government has already put the state on the path of industrial progress, from which the investors will benefit.
Taking up the issue of strengthening the entire structure to enable Punjabis living in Canada to get branded products of Punjab in a smooth manner, the Chief Minister said that the Sohna brand products of Punjab are world famous and the Punjabi community living in Canada especially likes these products. likes Similarly, Verka’s products like ghee, milk, butter, lassi, kheer, curd, ice cream, sweets, and other products have already made their own identity. Bhagwant Mann sought the support of the Canadian delegation to strengthen the supply chain so that these goods can easily reach the Punjabis living abroad.
Punjab cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann gave nod to amend section 2(g) of Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act 1961 thereby giving the exclusive ownership of Jumla Mustarka Malkan Land (common village land) to gram panchayat.
Cabinet also approved amendments in Industrial & Business Development Policy, 2017 and Detailed Schemes & Operational Guidelines 2018 for Bio-Fuel projects by extending incentives to the standalone Bio-Fuel units provided, they install Boilers based on Paddy Straw as fuel.
The Cabinet also approved amendments in Telecom Infrastructure Guidelines 2020 in line with the Amendment in Rules 2021 of Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules 2016, for paving the way to a 5g network in the state.
The Cabinet also gave a go-ahead to amend the Punjab Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 for enabling ease of doing business in the state and facilitating the taxpayers.
Cabinet also gave the green signal to withdraw the proposal for setting up of Bulk Drug Park at Bathinda over the site of the Thermal Plant, as this land can be judiciously utilized for citizen Centric Projects.
The Cabinet also gave nod to amend Appendix-D of Punjab Excise and Taxation Commissioner Department (Group-A) Services, Rules, 2014 by reducing the existing departmental exams from existing seven to five.
The Cabinet also gave its approval to the Annual Administrative Report of the Department of Hospitality, Punjab, Chandigarh for the years 2021-22.