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No Names on Inaugural Plaques and Foundation Stones, Orders Punjab CM

Captain Amarinder had again reiterated this commitment to shrugging off the VIP culture a few days ago when he preferred to queue up for entry, check-in and boarding at the Chandigarh airport instead of accepting preferential treatment while leaving for a business trip to Mumbai.

Jyoti Kamal | CNN-News18jyotik

Updated:April 14, 2017, 10:14 PM IST
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No Names on Inaugural Plaques and Foundation Stones, Orders Punjab CM
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Chandigarh: Continuing his tirade against VIP culture, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday prohibited the inclusion of names of any government functionaries, including ministers and MLAs, on foundation stones and inaugural plaques.

He had earlier urged all his colleagues in the Punjab Congress to set an example for others by giving up red beacons on their vehicles, in line with their commitment to people of the state as part of the party's election manifesto.

The Chief Minister himself is not excluded from these orders.

The spokesperson said while there was no bar on government functionaries and leaders inaugurating or laying the foundation stone of any building or project, the practice of having their names inscribed on such stones or plaques was being discarded with immediate effect, following explicit orders from the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister has also urged his ministerial and party colleagues to be humble in dealing with any member of the public.

“We are in this position today because of the people of the state and it is our duty to treat them with full respect and humility at all times,” the Chief Minister said, according to the spokesperson.

The Chief Minister had, soon after taking over the state’s governance and in line with the Congress manifesto promise, given up the symbolic red beacon light on his vehicle as a gesture to show his commitment to shedding the VIP culture.

All cabinet ministers had also followed suit, even though the manifesto had exempted the Chief Minister and the ministers from the red beacon ban ambit.

Captain Amarinder had again reiterated this commitment to shrugging off the VIP culture a few days ago when he preferred to queue up for entry, check-in and boarding at the Chandigarh airport instead of accepting preferential treatment while leaving for a business trip to Mumbai.

The Punjab cabinet had, at its maiden meeting, approved a series of measures, including removal of the red beacons, to rid the state of the VIP culture. The Congress manifesto has listed this as a key promise for the government.



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| Edited by: Nakshab Khan
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