Cong Govt to bring White paper on false claims of SAD rule

DW Bureau / Chandigarh

The Punjab Cabinet on Saturday decided to bring a white paper to expose the alleged ÔÇ£falseÔÇØ claims of the previous SAD-BJP government on development, governance reforms and fiscal position of the state.

The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here, said an official spokesman. He said the cabinet decided that the departments of Governance Reforms and Finance would prepare the white paper to expose the false claims of the previous SAD-BJP dispensation on development, governance reforms and financial status of the state. The white paper will be prepared to apprise the common man of the legacy inherited by the Congress government, the spokesman said. The SAD-BJP had fought the Punjab Assembly polls on development plank.

In another decision, the cabinet decided to establish a Commission of Enquiry to review false cases and FIRs registered during the SAD-BJP government, he said.

The decision was taken to ensure ÔÇ£justice to innocent people and fix accountability of the guiltyÔÇØ so that such things were not repeated, the spokesman said.

The Home Department would put forth a draft notification for the Chief MinisterÔÇÖs approval, he said.

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, ÔÇ£freeing the sector from the SADÔÇÖs ÔÇ£strangleholdÔÇØ, the spokesman said.

The Transport Department would reformulate its existing policy and submit a fresh one for consideration at the next meeting, he said.

A Punjab Road Safety Authority will be set up to study causes of road accidents in the state with a view to minimizing it through effective planning, the spokesman said.

The Amarinder Singh-led government will undertake reforms to wipe out corruption and ÔÇÿInspector RajÔÇÖ from the state, and to ÔÇ£undo the wrongs perpetrated on the people under the erstwhile Badal regimeÔÇØ, he said.

The Punjab cabinet has also decided to abolish the post of District Transport Officers (DTO) and has initiated steps to do away with the controversial ÔÇÿHalqa In-chargeÔÇÖ system that was introduced by the previous government, the spokesman said.

To end corruption and ÔÇÿInspector RajÔÇÖ in the transport sector and stop unnecessary harassment of transporters due to frequent checking, the cabinet has decided to abolish the posts of DTOs, and reassign them offices of SDMs and SDOs, he said, adding Haryana had abolished the post around a decade ago. The council of ministers noted that the ÔÇÿHalqa In-chargesÔÇÖ had become parallel power centers, controlling the administration and the police, and ÔÇ£misusing their powers to indulge in political vendetta and corruptionÔÇØ, he said. It was decided that all decisions taken in the last six months by the previous government would be reviewed and departments concerned would submit their reports to the Chief Secretary in the next cabinet meeting, the spokesman said.


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