Chandigarh, March 18, 2017: In the first cabinet meeting of the new form government led by Captain Amarinder Singh, he took a strike at the prevalent VIP culture, barring the ministers of the state, bureaucrats and himself from using the Red beacon on top of the vehicles provided.
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“My cabinet has decided to rid the state of VIP culture. All beacon lights to be removed from vehicles of Ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats,” said Amarinder Singh.
Moving one step forward, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal announced that none of the ministers and MLAs will lay any foundation stone or do innaugrations.
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“Even for big projects of Rs 100 crore or Rs 200 crore, the names of the Chief Minister and ministers will not be displayed (on the foundation or inauguration stones). It will carry only one line saying that the project has been executed with the money of the taxpayers,” Badal said while talking to the media.
The shift in power of Punjab has led many unsurprising changes. This recent decision came a day after when Punjab government reshuffled top bureaucrats from their current posting with immediate effect.
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While it’s too early to judge the outcome of the mandate given by the cabinet headed by Captain Amarinder, but it isn’t hard to presume the certainty of this verdict over the rampant VIP culture in the state of Punjab.
For now, it’s welcome and applaudable step at the part of the state government. Meanwhile, it would be interesting to watch whether other states pursuit this initiative taken by the incumbent government of Punjab.
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This the second time when Captain Amarinder Singh has returned to power. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007.
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