The Punjab government on Thursday, February 13, decided to create a state-level IT Cadre and invited applications for 354 posts of IT officers, in a move to effectively execute various projects under Digital India and national e-governance programs. The Additional Chief Secretary of Governance Reforms Department Vini Mahajan said that the initiative is being undertaken to make Punjab a digitally empowered, knowledge-economy. The cadre is expected to help various departments in the integration of services on digital platforms like mSewa, Digilocker, Sewa Kendras, and GeM/e-Procurement.
Talking about the Punjab government's decision, Vini Mahajan said, "This initiative would go a long way in making Punjab a digitally empowered, knowledge-economy instead of the conventional way of doing business. The IT Cadre would provide impetus to implement enterprise architecture in all Government departments and functionaries in order to facilitate interoperability, besides avoiding duplicity of efforts and wastage of time.”
As soon as the two dreadful incidents took place in Punjab's Mohali and Tarntaran on Saturday, February 8, the state government ordered a probe into the matters and announced relief for the victims. Apart from ordering a probe, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) also asked for a report within seven days in the Mohali collapse case. On the other hand, the CMO announced Rs 5 lakhs of relief for the kin of the deceased in Tarntaran explosion case.
As per the statement released from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), “After the Saturday’s building collapse in Mohali, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has asked the Additional District Magistrate (ADM), SAS Nagar, to conduct a thorough probe into the incident and submit his report within a week.”
As per the statement released from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), “The Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial probe into the explosion of the firecrackers in a trolley during a Nagar Kirtan that killed two persons and left nine injured in Tarntaran on Saturday.”