Chandigarh, June 2: The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday gave the formal approved for the transformation of the historic town of Malerkotla as the 23rd district of the State, as earlier announced by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
The Cabinet also gave go-ahead for upgrading Sub-Tehsil Amargarh, which was a part of Malerkotla Sub-Division, as Sub-Division/Tehsil.
With this, Malerkotla district would now consist of three Sub-divisions i.e. Malerkotla, Ahmedgarh and Amargarh. As many as 192 villages, 62 patwar circles and 6 Kanungo circles will be included in Malerkotla district.
The Cabinet authorised the Chief Minister to approve the creation of new posts for offices of 12 departments viz. Police, Rural Development & Panchayats, Social Justice & Minorities, Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Social Security and Women & Child Development, Health, Education (Primary & Secondary), Social Security, Employment Generation, Industry & Commerce, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Finance.
The Chief Minister had, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on May 14, announced the decision to make Malerkotla a full-fledged district, fulfilling a long-standing demand of the local people. Besides promoting convenience of residents, the decision has been taken in larger public interest to ensure holistic urban development of Malerkotla, perpetuation of the rich heritage of this historic city, and overall socio-economic development of the region.