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Cabinet gives nod to draft legislation of Punjab Transparency in Public Procurement Act

Cabinet gives nod to draft legislation of Punjab Transparency in Public Procurement Act

Chandigarh, Jul 30 (UNI) Punjab Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, on Tuesday stamped its approval on new Bills relating to procurement, amendment to state civil services rules and postings in veterinary hospitals in the state, as well as the Punjab Sports University and Excise Act Amendment Ordinances.

The cabinet approved the draft of ‘The Punjab Transparency in Public Procurement Act, 2019’ to ensure efficiency, economy and transparency besides providing fair and equitable treatment to bidders in order to promote healthy competition and put in place mechanism to prevent corrupt practices.

The draft legislation relates to all procurements which are met from the government accounts including consolidated fund, public accounts and contingent fund of the state. It would apply to all procuring entities, whether an Administrative Department or Board/Corporation/PSU/Semi-autonomous Bodies or a society of an Administrative Department.

The Act also provides the requisite legal status to ‘State Public Procurement Portal’, making its use mandatory for Public Procurement, and envisages the creation of procurement facilitation cell. It covers the procurement of not only goods but also services and works in a single, comprehensive legislation, besides recognizing Swiss Challenge as a method of procurement with an objective to promote innovativeness, creativity and uniqueness in finding everlasting solutions to the persisting problems of society.

The Act also institutionalises the Annual Procurement Plans, thereby providing economies of scale and better planning for prospective bidders. Being a self-contained legislation with in-built mechanism of grievances redressal, it will also serve as a deterrent for wrong-doers, who indulge in malpractices and breach the trust reposed in them as a custodian of Public money.

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Minister stresses on filth-free urban areas

14 Aug 2020 | 3:25 AM

Bhopal, Aug 13 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Urban Development and Housing Minister Bhupendra Singh emphasised on Thursday that every city within the state should be garbage-free.
“No heaps of refuse must be seen. Urban bodies will be ranked on the basis of work executed by them from August 16 to 30 under the Gandagi Bharat Chhodo-Madhya Pradesh campaign and those attaining high ranking shall be honoured. The estimation ought to be undertaken by an agency or team of officials of the Urban Administration and Development Directorate. Programmes relating to cleanliness should be conducted every day in different districts during the crusade and public representatives also invited to these events. Activities must take place to make people feel something different is happening,” the senior politician was officially quoted as saying during a meeting with bureaucrats.

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Mother India idol in MP capital

14 Aug 2020 | 2:42 AM

Bhopal, Aug 13 (UNI) A 25-ft-high bronze idol of Bharat Mata – a source of fiery inspiration for not only those noble personages who struggled for the nation’s Independence but also those gallant officers and men of the Indian Armed Forces who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty – is scheduled to be unveiled on Independence Day by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at the city’s Shaurya Smarak at 0830 hrs.
The image, which stands atop an approximately ten-ft-high lotus pedestal, is expected to particularly inspire the younger generation vis-à-vis imbibing the glorious values and traditions that comprise this country’s hallmark.

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MP CM’s condolences

14 Aug 2020 | 2:15 AM

Bhopal, Aug 13 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief on Thursday over the demise of senior doctor-cum-journalist Padam Jain who was a resident of Vidisha.
“I pray for peace to the departed soul and fortitude to the bereaved family for bearing this sorrow,” the senior politician averred in a message.

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Janmashtami at CM House

14 Aug 2020 | 1:15 AM

Bhopal, Aug 13 (UNI) The residence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan bore a festive look as the veteran leader and his family celebrated Janmashtami with reverence combined with zeal while offering prayers to Yogeshwar Krishna for universal welfare.
Mr Chouhan and his spouse Sadhana also sang hymns in praise of Lord Keshava. A tableau of Radha Krishna was prepared in the temple. The Chouhan couple’s sons Kartikeya and Kunal performed the ritual of breaking the Makhan Handi. This was followed by distribution of prasad, an official release said on Thursday.

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Haryana cabinet approve draft Ordinance Bill for amendment in Municipal Corporation Act

14 Aug 2020 | 1:12 AM

Chandigarh, Aug 13 (UNI) Haryana Cabinet in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattart here on Thursday accorded approval to draft an Ordinance or/and Bill for Amendment in Section-421 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 regarding the conditions governing the appointment, removal or suspension of the Mayors elected prior to the fourth day of October, 2018.

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