March 18, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: In the first cabinet meeting just two days after the swearing-in ceremony the newly formed Capt Amarinder Singh government here today stared working towards fullfilling the electoral promises made by him in his party’s election manifesto. The cabinet here today in a three hour long meet took some vital decisions in this regard so as to kick start the agenda for growth and development of the state duels promised by the Capt Amarinder Singh during electoral campaign. The key decisions upon which the consensuses has been reached by the cabinet are.
TO SET UP SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO ELIMINATE DRUGS FROM PUNJAB
Launching a major crackdown on the drugs menace in the state, the Punjab cabinet on Saturday decided to set up a Special Task Force (STF) in the Chief Minister’s office to prepare and implement a comprehensive programme to eliminate drugs from the state, as promised by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) in its election manifesto.
CABINET DECIDES TO ABOLISH DTO’s, HALQA INCHARGE SYSTEM
As part of the Captain Amarinder Singh led government’s sweeping administrative reforms to wipe out corruption and Inspector Raj from the state, and to undo the wrongs perpetrated on the people under the erstwhile Badal regime, the Punjab cabinet on Saturday decided to abolish the post of District Transport Officers, while initiating steps to do away with the controversial Halqa Incharge system that was introduced during the SAD(Badal)-BJP rule.
The cabinet also decided to open up the transport sector, and ensure free and fair grant of licenses for buses, mini buses and other commercial vehicles in a transparent way, thus freeing the sector of the SAD (Badal) stranglehold.
In a bid to improve functional and operational efficiency, the cabinet decided to withdraw the previous government’s notifications on territorial restructuring of police stations, and also to abolish the Halqa Incharge system introduced by the SAD-BJP regime, making sub-divisions and assembly constituencies conterminous. The council of ministers noted that the Halqa Incharges had become parallel power centres, controlling the administration and the police in their respective regions, and misusing their powers to indulge in political vendetta and corruption.
CABINET RESOLVES TO PURSUE LEGAL, ADMINISTRATIVE OPTIONS ON SYL
In its first meeting of the council of ministers, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the government decided to take recourse to all possible legal and administrative measures to protect the water rights of the people of Punjab.
PUNJAB GOVT TO SET UP GROUP OF EXPERTS TO ASSESS FARM DEBTS, PROPOSE WAYS FOR TIME-BOUND WAIVER IN 60 DAYS
The Captain Amarinder Singh government on Saturday decided to set up a Group of Experts to assess and analyze the quantum of the agriculture debt of farmers in the state, and propose ways and means to waive the debt in a time-bound manner.
The meeting also decided to constitute a Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by the Chief Minister to consider and finalize the proposal to waive off farmers’ agricultural loans. The state ministers for finance, agriculture, irrigation and power departments will be members of the committee.
PUNJAB GOVT. DECIDES TO SHED VIP FRILLS AS CABINET GIVES NOD TO THIS PROPOSAL
Shedding a decades-old legacy, the Punjab government, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, has decided to do away with the VIP culture in the state, Following the decision, red and other coloured beacon light on all vehicles, except emergency hospital /ambulance/ fire brigade vehicles, the Chief Justice and the Judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court, would be abolished after a formal notification to this effect is issued.
REPEAL OF THE PUNJAB LOKPAL ACT
Revisiting of the citizens’ services delivery process by the Department of Governance Reforms, and establishment of Unified Service Delivery Centers are some of the major decisions taken by the cabinet with the aim of uplifting the quality of public service in the state.
CABINET APPROVES FIXED DUTY HOURS FOR POLICE PERSONNEL
Under police reforms act the Punjab cabinet here today on Saturday approved fixed duty hours for police personnel.
CABINET EXEMPTS JOURNALISTS FROM TOLL TAX PAYMENT
The Punjab government, has decided to exempt media persons from payment of toll tax on the state highways. A decision to this effect was taken on Saturday at the maiden cabinet meeting of the new government.
CAPT AMARINDER’S GOODWILL GESTURE: BADAL TO GET FREE GOVT ACCOMMODATION OF CHOICE
As a gesture of goodwill, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has decided to provide his predecessor Parkash Singh Badal with free government accommodation of his choice. Captain Amarinder’s decision follows reports that Badal was hunting for a suitable accommodation after demitting the chief minister’s office following his party’s defeat in the recent assembly elections, according to an official spokesperson.