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Punjab govt to introduce bill on Amritsar walled city amendment 

Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet on Monday okayed placement of the Amritsar Walled City (Recognition of Usage) Ordinance, 2017, before the Vidhan Sabha for enactment.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh here.The Amritsar Walled City (Recognition of Usage) Ordinance, 2017, promulgated by the Punjab Governor, provides for the applicants to submit details of violations in the walled city of Amritsar for one-time settlement by January 31, 2018. Under the proposed legislation, Sections 3 (2) and 5 of Amritsar Walled City (Recognition of Usage) Act 2016 will be suitably amended.The Cabinet also gave concurrence to introducing a draft Bill on the Punjab Land Improvement Schemes Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017, for insertion of new Section 14-A, in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha session for enactment.The Punjab Cabinet also gave nod to introducing a Bill in the Vidhan Sabha to amend Sections 5 and 20 of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU) Act, to give MRSPTU colleges a one-time choice to choose their affiliation.The proposed amendments are in line with the High Court orders and would help resolve the court cases filed in the Supreme Court.Following the amendment, the colleges which come under the territorial jurisdiction of MRSPTU would be able to choose between MRSPTU and IK Gujral PTU, as per their discretion.However, the new colleges to be set up in future would be bound for affiliation as per territorial jurisdiction of MRSPTU, Bathinda, and IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. The Cabinet has also decided to bring in a draft ‘Punjab State Council for Agricultural Education Act 2017’ Bill in the Vidhan Sabha session for the establishment of Punjab State Council for Agricultural Education.The Council will promote and coordinate agricultural education in various colleges and institutes in the state, and ensure sustained quality assurance in agricultural education.The Punjab Government also decided to move a Bill in the current Vidhan Sabha session to set up a five-member Commission for framing a policy to empower and grant legal rights to farmers.The ‘Punjab State Farmers & Farm Workers Commission-2017’ Bill will be introduced in the Vidhan Sabha session beginning Monday; it was decided by the Council of Ministers, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh ahead of the session.The Commission, to be headed by a nominated Chairperson who will hold the rank of a Cabinet Minister, will also be tasked with planning agriculture policies at district and block level.The commission would have powers to frame agriculture policies and other related matters referred to by the state government.

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