Punjab Cabinet decides to do away with VIP culture

Chandigarh, March 18 : The Punjab Cabinet on Saturday decided to get rid of VIP culture. To begin with, there will be no beacon lights on vehicles of ministers, MLA and bureaucrats. Just two days after taking over Punjab’s reins, the Amarinder Singh government kicked off the state’s development agenda with its first cabinet meeting adopting the PPCC manifesto as its work programme for the next five years, and taking more than 100 important decisions aimed at fulfilling one-third of the electoral promises in the first phase. To meet some of the expenses involved in taking the work programme forward, the cabinet decided to recall the unutilised funds, amounting to thousands of crores of rupees, which had been granted by the previous SAD-BJP government to various government departments in the run-up to the polls.
Thanking the people of Punjab for their emphatic mandate to the Congress in the Assembly polls, the cabinet resolved that the administrative secretaries would be entrusted with the task of time-bound implementation of every single commitment in the manifesto relating to their respective departments.
It was decided that the government would pursue all legal and administrative measures on the SYL issue to protect the state’s waters.
The key decisions taken by the cabinet, attended by all nine ministers, include a major crackdown on drug mafia and corruption, abolition of Inspector Raj, abolition of VIP culture, time-bound waiver of farm loans, constitution of various high-level committees to bring agriculture and industry on track, reforms in education and health, extension of various benefits to Dalits and other backward people, employment generation, etc.
During the meeting, which lasted over three hours, Amarinder Singh directed his ministerial colleagues and the various departments to get down to the task of implementing the manifesto promises in all earnestness, taking all necessary measures to ensure that there is no delay in taking the reforms and development process to the people.