Badal 'politely' declines Punjab CM's offer for government house

Badal 'politely' declines Punjab CM's offer for government house

The Amarinder Singh cabinet, in its first meeting, yesterday had taken over 120 decisions.

Apart from it, the Amarinder Singh-led cabinet also chose to put a ban on the foreign travel of ministers for two years and organising of banquets on state expense as part of the government's move to shed the VIP frills in line with the Punjab Congress' assembly poll manifesto.

"Strict instructions should be issued to the State police to nip such cases of political vendetta in the bud lest it lead to a serious law and order problem", Badal said.

The meeting, in which all the nine cabinet ministers were present, approved several key proposals which were part of election manifesto. All MLAs and MPs would declare their immoveable properties on January 1 every year, and for the year 2017-18, the same would be done by July 1 this year.

The Cabinet made a decision to constitute a sub-committee to assess the quantum of agriculture debt on farmers and suggest ways and means to waive off the loan.

Salary, allowances, reimbursements received by all MLAs would be updated every month on the official website and would be made available to the public.

Adopting the Congress manifesto as its work programme, the CM also abolished the controversial system of Halqa-in-charges which was started by Akali Dal. When he was Finance Minister in the SAD-BJP government, at that time too he was the only minister not using the government vehicle to reach office.

In a bid to bring down liquor consumption in Punjab, the Cabinet announced to shut down as many as 484 liquor vends.

Following reports that former CM Parkash Singh Badal was hunting for a suitable accommodation after demitting the CM, Captain Amarinder Singh said the government would provide him with free government accommodation of his choice.

SAD does not believe in confrontation nor in criticism for the sake of criticism, the ex-Chief Minister said, adding if the new government has the will to fulfil its promises, it can easily do so.

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