Cabinet approves three draft bills
LAHORE: The Punjab cabinet approved on Monday draft bills of Punjab Food and Standard Authority Act, 2011; the Walled City of Lahore Act, 2010; and Online Legislation Project for promoting public awareness regarding the laws of provincial departments.
The cabinet met at Chief Minister’s Secretariat with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair and it also decided to enhance the quota of widows, martyrs, orphans and the disabled in Aashiyana Housing Project from five per cent to 10 per cent.
The chief minister said the autonomous Food Authority would be set up in Punjab to provide unadulterated and hygienic essential items to the people.
He said the authority would ensure the availability of quality foodstuff to the masses and would slap fine and jail terms on those involved in adulteration, short measuring and trade of substandard items.
About the Walled City of Lahore Act, 2010, he said such legislation would be undertaken to preserve cultural heritage of all major cities of the province.
He said that Online Access to the Substantive and Subordinate Legislation Project was a revolutionary step for promoting public awareness regarding the laws of government departments. He said t Law and other administrative departments had made commendable efforts for the project.
The chief minister said the Punjab government had launched the Aashiyana Housing Scheme for the low-income people and a highly transparent system had been adopted for allotment of houses. He approved enhancing quota of widows, martyrs, orphans and the disabled from five per cent to 10 per cent in the scheme the Chief Minister announced that the government will itself make down payment of the persons meeting, the criterion set for the special quota.