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Matchboxes on plane: Raju’s bragging shows how VIPs misuse privileges



By Newsgram Staff Writer

Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju’s recent confession about carrying matchboxes on flights has started a debate on how VIPs misuse their privileges.

Raju said at the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) event that he carried matchboxes on plane as he is not frisked because of his position in the government.

“I have yet to come across an incident worldwide where a matchbox became a threat” the minister said trying to water down his offence and the threat he placed his fellow passengers under.

Matchboxes and lighters are one of the few items that passengers are not allowed to carry on a flight as they may cause risk or inconvenience for the passengers.

Regardless of this fact, Raju recounted “Once I became minister, people stopped frisking me, so a matchbox, which used to be confiscated, came along with me.”.

The minister’s comments became a national debate on the VIP culture of the country.

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Captain strikes at VIP culture in Punjab, shuns red beacon from government officials’ vehicles

Captain Amarinder Singh 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


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.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard