Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann holds first Cabinet meet, announces 25,000 govt jobs
There will be no discrimination, no "sifarish" (recommendation) and no bribe, Mann said.
New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday (March 19, 2022) held his first Cabinet meet and approved filling up 25,000 vacant posts in various state departments, including 10,000 in the police force.
Mann announced the decision in a video message and said that the process of advertisement and notification for these jobs would be initiated within a month. He said the jobs will be given on merit.
The chief minister said 10,000 jobs will be given in the Punjab Police and the rest in various other departments, boards and corporations.
There will be no discrimination, no "sifarish" (recommendation) and no bribe, Mann added.
Chaired the first cabinet meeting. The Punjab cabinet has approved notification of 25,000 job vacancies within one month.
As we promised before the election, jobs opportunities for our Punjab's youth will be the topmost priority of AAP Govt.
pic.twitter.com/rRElBoJxc2 — Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) March 19, 2022
This "historic" decision would open new vistas of employment for the youth by providing jobs to them in the government sector through a transparent and merit-based mechanism, he said.
Unemployment, notably, has been one of the major issues that Mann's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had raised during the recently-concluded Punjab assembly polls and the party had promised to take the first cabinet decision of offering jobs after it came to power.
"In the coming days, we will also fulfil our rest of the guarantees (poll promises)," Mann stated.
The Cabinet also cleared the presentation of supplementary demands for grants for the year 2021-22 to be presented in the ensuing assembly session.
This decision would provide a budget for additional or excess expenditure incurred by various departments during the financial year 2021-22 to liquidate the pending liabilities, according to an official release.
Further, in accordance with the provisions contained in Clause (3) of Article 203 of the Constitution of India, the Cabinet also gave approval to present the Supplementary Demands for Grants of the Government of Punjab for the year 2021-22.
Chief Minister @BhagwantMann led #PunjabCabinet gives nod to provide 25,000 government jobs to youth in its maiden meeting. Okays presentation of supplementary demands for grants for 2021-22. Also gives nod to present vote on account for year 2022-23. pic.twitter.com/cZ5IO0tSI2— CMO Punjab (@CMOPb) March 19, 2022
Earlier on Saturday, 10 AAP MLAs, including a woman member, were inducted into the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab's Cabinet. Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 10 ministers at a ceremony at Guru Nanak Dev auditorium in Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.
ਅੱਜ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਨਵੇਂ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਮੰਡਲ ਨੇ ਸਹੁੰ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਅਤੇ ਨਾਲ਼ ਹੀ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਉਮੀਦਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪੂਰਾ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਵੀ ਪ੍ਰਣ ਲਿਆ।
ਸਾਰੇ ਨਵੇਂ ਮੰਤਰੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ੁਭਕਾਮਨਾਵਾਂ। ਸਾਨੂੰ ਮਿਲ਼ ਕੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ 3 ਕਰੋੜ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਲਈ ਪੂਰੀ ਇਮਾਨਦਾਰੀ ਨਾਲ਼ ਕੰਮ ਕਰਨਾ ਹੈ, ਪੰਜਾਬ ਨੂੰ ਫ਼ਿਰ ਤੋਂ ਸੁਨਿਹਰਾ ਬਣਾਉਣਾ ਹੈ। pic.twitter.com/PFYVTvUwZT — Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) March 19, 2022
The leaders who have become a part of the Bhagwant Mann's cabinet are Harpal Singh Cheema, Baljit Kaur, Harbhajan Singh ETO, Vijay Singla, Lal Chand Kataruchak, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, Laljit Singh Bhullar, Bram Shanker and Harjot Singh Bains.
(With agency inputs)