The Tribune – Captain orders clean-up operation

VIP culture ‘to end’ – Legislation on ‘conflict of interest’ – Cartels to face action

Rajmeet Singh, Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, 18 March 2017. Proposing an overhaul of the political, administrative and police setup in Punjab, the Captain Amarinder Singh government, in its first Cabinet meeting, today decided to end the VIP culture and bring in a legislation on “conflict of interest”, wherein the ministers or MLAs could be unseated on being found to have business interest in their official capacity.

No beacons will be used by ministers, MLAs and officers on vehicles, except on emergency vehicles, the vehicles of the CM, the Chief Justice and High Court Judges.

To cut expenditure and minimise public harassment, the functioning of the district administration would not be disturbed during visits by the CM and ministers. No banquets and dinners at government expense will be allowed.

With an aim to end the sand mining, transport, cable and liquor “cartels” active during the previous Prakash Singh Badal government, the Cabinet decided to introduce a slew of steps and legislations.

Apart from bringing a White Paper on various omissions and commissions by the SAD-BJP government, it was decided to set up a Commission of Inquiry to review “false” political cases and fix accountability.

Further, a third party audit of all the government expenditure (above Rs 10 crore) during the last three years would be done. In future, third party audit of government spending will be an annual feature.

The Cabinet also decided to recall unutilised pre-election funds from all departments to generate revenue and stayed all decisions of the last six months pending for review.

For transparency and accountability, all the MLAs and MPs will have to declare their immovable properties on January 1 every year and asset details of all IAS, IPS, PCS and Class-1 officers would be tabled every year in the Vidhan Sabha.

33% Jobs for women

Cabinet decided to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in all government jobs and increase their representation in PRIs and Urban Local Bodies from 33 to 50 per cent.

No foreign travel

The Cabinet banned foreign travel by ministers, MLAs and officials for two years.

Halqa system goes

The system of halqa incharge and use of political clout by staff in seeking transfers and favours has been ended.

Drug task force

A Special Task Force headed by ADGP Harpreet Sidhu, leading anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh, will implement a programme to eliminate drugs. In next meeting, Home Department will submit a proposal for enactment of Confiscation of Drug Dealers Property Act.

No sale of farmers’ land

A new legislation will be brought to prohibit sale/auction of farmers’ land by lending agencies.


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