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Capt Amarinder led government releases Rs.469 crore to clear pending payments under various welfare & development schemes

Punjabi Politics
 Giving a further fillip to its development agenda, the Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab government on Monday released Rs. 469 crore towards pending payments for various schemes and development projects, besides clearing the entire pendency of VAT/GST refunds in the state treasury.The funds released today relate to the Local Government and Education departments, as well as pending Social Security Pensions.

Co-op bank recovers Rs 45 crore in 3 months

Punjab
Muktsar, July 9 Following Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa’s directions to the Punjab Agricultural Development Bank (PADB) authorities to tighten noose around loan defaulters, the bank has recovered about Rs 23 crore in Muktsar and Rs 22 crore in Fazilka in last about three months. The bank has to recover Rs 154.5 crore in Muktsar and Rs 240 crore in Fazilka. Some influential people, who have not been repaying their loan for the past two decades, too, have now cleared their dues. The bank officials had issued notices in May to defaulters to either repay the loan amount in 15 days or their property would be attached or arrest warrants be issued against them. Ranjit Singh, AGM, PADB, Muktsar, said: “Some big defaulters have given us cheques and some of them even cl...

At Rs 10 crore annually, dope test set to drain exchequer

Punjabi Politics
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 7 The Chief Minister’s initiative to make dope test mandatory for all government employees, including policemen, is set to put an additional burden on the state exchequer. The government will have to spend at least Rs 10 crore every year for the purpose. Even if the government purchases testing kits in bulk, it is likely to cost anywhere between Rs 250 and Rs 300. There are around 3.25 lakh regular employees in the state. The cost will thus be around Rs 10 crore annually. If the government decides to include contractual staff as well, it will add another Rs 2 crore more. This, however, doesn’t include the cost of manpower to conduct these tests, which will be borne by the Health Department. During police recruitment drive two years ago, whe...