By Our Special Correspondent
LAHORE: The Standing Committee of Punjab Cabinet on Legislative Business gave nod to amend the laws regulating sugar mills of Punjab enabling early start of crushing season and ensuring recovery of arrears of the farmers from the sugar mills owners by empowering the Cane Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners across the province.
The approval for numerous amendments suggested by different departments was accorded at the 10th meeting of the Committee held at the Civil Secretariat chaired by the Provincial Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Local Government Raja Basharat last day. The meeting was also attended among others by the provincial minister for Excise, Taxation and Anti-Narcotics Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmad, Provincial minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Hamyun and officers of concerned departments.
The Committee approving minutes of last meeting, also decided to accede the amendments in the Anti-Narcotics laws in order to crush the culprits preparing, selling and importing or exporting the drugs and narcotics in society. The amended law suggested enhanced imprisonment and penalties for such elements. The Excise, Taxation Department; Anti-narcotics department suggested strict measurements to be taken by the public and private schools authorities to keep a close check on the students as well as on the drug traffickers.
The Senior Member Board of Revenue introduced 14 amendments in the existing policies regulating lease and sale of state lands all accepted by the house. The Committee recommended the names for the new proposed board of directors of Punjab Economics Research Institute and also gave go ahead to the amended draft of Punjab Partnership Act 2019.