Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, March 18. The Dal Khalsa today called for cutting the bureaucrat “flab” and said the Punjab Government’s decision to have seven officers in the rank of Director General of Police would put further burden on the taxpayers in the state.
Dal Khalsa president HS Dhami and political affairs secretary Kanwarpal Singh claimed that the Chelliah Committee set up by the state government in the nineties had recommended drastic reduction in police and civil administration, which had proliferated under the garb of dealing with militancy in the state.
“The state government is running on borrowed money, a debt that is to be paid by the people. Rather than opting for fiscal prudence, the Badal government is squandering the people’s money to reward its loyalists in the police force. This very first decision of the Badal government is anti-people,” they said.
By having seven DGPs, the government had given the impression that “Punjab was a police state”, they said.
Taking a jibe at the SAD-led government for promoting three IPS officers as DGPs to accommodate their “blue-eyed boy Sumedh Singh Saini”, they alleged that the Badals had thrown all norms and ethics to the wind by appointing the “cop with tainted past” as the Punjab Police head.
The duo claimed the present government had superseded four officers to hand over the reins of the police force in Saini’s hands “only to pay back for his loyalty towards the Badals”.