Chandigarh, August 22: Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday decided to make sacrilege of all religious text punishable with life imprisonment, and said it will bring an amendment to Indian Penal Code (IPC) regarding the same. “The Cabinet today decided on amendments to IPC to make sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment. We will place the Bill in the Vidhan Sabha for approval. I stand firmly committed to preserve communal harmony in the State,” Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said in a tweet.

During the meeting, the cabinet also gave an approval to several bills such as the one that would allow for reservation of Schedule Caste (SC) employees in promotions. “Our Cabinet has given its nod to several important Bills for enactment in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha session, including SC employee’s reservation in promotions and constitution of Punjab State Higher Education Council,” informed Punjab Chief Minister in a consequent tweet.

On July 25, Punjab Chief Minister had said that the Justice (retired) Ranjit Singh Commission Report on the sacrilege cases in Punjab will be tabled in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha and legal action will be taken against all who would be found guilty by it.

In June this year, the Supreme Court had allowed the Centre to provide reservation in promotion for employees of the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe community as per law, till the issue is cleared off by a constitution bench. In compliance with the order passed by the Supreme Court on May 17 and June 5 on a special writ petition, Bihar Government on July 22 announced reservation for Schedule Caste/ Schedule Tribe personnel in its services.