Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Two Punjab ministers Manpreet Badal and Channi abandon VVIP culture

Two Punjab ministers Manpreet Badal and Channi abandon VVIP culture

Following reports that former CM Parkash Singh Badal was hunting for a suitable accommodation after demitting the CM, Captain Amarinder Singh said the government would provide him with free government accommodation of his choice. More than 100 important decisions aimed at fulfilling one-third of the electoral promises in the first phase were adopted in the meeting. But the newly appointed Finance minister Manpreet Badal refused to accept the state government's facilities and reached the Raj Bhawan in his personal auto along with his wife Veenu Badal. He said the representation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies would go up from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.

The beacons atop the vehicles of Punjab Chief Minister and his council of ministers have been removed after the Amarinder Singh dispensation made a decision to put a ban on its use on government vehicles.

The newly-constituted council of nine ministers, chaired by Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, decided that beacon lights on all vehicles - except emergency hospital, ambulance, fire brigade vehicles, the chief justice and the judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court - would be abolished after a formal notification is issued.

Setting an example for other to follow, two ministers in Capt Amarinder Singh cabinet Manpreet Singh Badal and Charanjit Singh Channi have opted for "Aam Aadmi" style of functioning and chose to abandon the VVIP culture.

While Badal refused to accept the official vehicle, Channi removed the beacon from his vehicle before accepting it.

The red beacons were removed from the vehicles of the chief minister and other members of the council of ministers yesterday itself, without waiting for a notification, soon after the Congress government chose to put a ban on its use, an official spokesperson said here today.

"The protocol of laying foundation stones and inaugurations by legislators and ministers would be clearly defined and laid down, ensuring respect for all citizens", the government spokesperson said. This means that the MLAs can't hold state functions on new buildings or complexes in Punjab. It will carry only one line saying that the project has been executed with the money of the taxpayers. "The chief minister will also come under the ambit of this Bill".

It also formed a group of experts to assess the quantum of agriculture debt of farmers in the State.

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