LAHORE - The Punjab Cabinet Wednesday approved Protection of Women Victims against Violence Bill-2015, amendments to clause 3 of Punjab Maternity Benefit Ordinance 1958, Stamp Act 1899 and Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Act.

The cabinet also decided to launch e-stamp papers while wheat procurement campaign and security for visiting Zimbabwean cricket team also came under discussion.

Presiding over the meeting, Shahbaz said: “It has been decided to launch e-stamp papers in the province. This historic step will not only lead to collection of revenue of billions of rupees but irregularities and fraud would also come to an end.”  

A handout cited him as saying:  “Modern system of electronic stamp papers will curb illegal occupation of land through bogus stamp papers. This revolutionary programme is being started from July 2015.”

About wheat procurement campaign, he said the drive was in full swing and the government has procured 2,950,000 metric tonnes of wheat from cultivators.

He said that protection of the rights of the farmers is the top priority of the government and no one will be allowed to exploit cultivators. He said the Punjab government has for the first time made electronic registration of 242,000 cultivators during the procurement campaign.

He directed that forensic analysis of the data obtained through electronic registration be undertaken for devising future wheat procurement policy.

About Zimbabwean cricket team security, he claimed to have made foolproof arrangements.  

security arrangements for the visit of cricket team of Zimbabwe. He directed the cabinet committee on law and order to review security measures on daily basis during the ongoing visit of Zimbabwean cricket team.

Regarding Punjab Vigilance Committee Bill 2015, presented in the cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister said that terrorism and extremism are big challenges for the country and all segments of the society will have to play their role for dealing with this menace.  

He said setting up of vigilance committees is of vital importance for ensuring community participation in war on terrorism.

The CM also directed that final recommendations regarding Vigilance Committee Bill be presented after consultation with all ministers, concerned departments and institutions.

Shahbaz also issued directives to enforce implementation of Marriage Functions Act.

He said the proposal to review the Marriage Functions Act 1998 for banning one dish and serving of soup in winter and cold drinks in summer be considered.

In connection with Punjab Marriage Functions Bill 2015, the Chief Minister directed that the bill should be considered from all angles. He said such measures are of vital importance for removing disparity between the rich and the poor.