To stop the practice of charging extra fees from the students, the Punjab Cabinet Minister today gave its nod to an ordinance for the regulation of fees of unaided educational institutions in the state. A decision to declare the Punjab Regulation of Fees of Unaided Education Institutions Ordinance, 2016 was taken in the meeting of the Council of Ministers chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal here this evening.
One of the spokespeople from the Chief Minister’s office said that this decision has been taken in the proposal introduced by the education department to constitute a regulatory authority, system for the purpose of regulating the fees of unaided schools in the state. To provide facilities to people paying obeisance at Takhat Sri Patna Sahib in Bihar on 350th Parkash Utsav of Tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, the Cabinet also gave the approval to run the special 10 trains and around 200 buses for the pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Sikh Guru free of cost.
The government of the state had earlier launched a scheme — Chief Minister Tirath Darshan Yatra — to undertake pilgrimage for the people of the state at free of cost to Sri Nanded Sahib (Maharashtra), Varanasi, Ajmer Sharif and Chennai. Besides this, the state government had also launched another scheme to run the buses free of cost and to make people visit holy places in Salasar which is in Rajasthan, Mata Chintpurni in Himachal Pradesh and Mata Vaishno Devi that is in Katra.
Buses free of the cost being run from all the small towns and villages just to enable the people to pay curtsy at Sri Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar and Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Sri Anandpur Sahib, said by the spokesperson. The Cabinet Minister also give his approval to acquire the 40 acre, 5 Kanal and 14 marla of land in the village Kandola of tehsil Adampur inJalandhar District at a cost of Rs 16 crore and transfer the same to the Airport Authority of India for the construction of Civil Air Terminal at Indian Air Force Station, Adampur.
Accepting the demand of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), the Cabinet Minister also approved to granting the concessions to the thereby sectors allowing payment of dues by a developer in six quarterly installments starting from January 1, 2018, which is after the lapse of moratorium period till December 31, 2017.