No VIP culture in Punjab; Captain bans names of ministers, MLAs’ on foundation stones

New Delhi, April 15: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday has forwarded an order to prohibit inclusion of names of any government functionaries, ministers and MLAs, on the foundation/ inauguration stones, said a government spokesman.

After the video of a Punjab Minister went viral on the day earlier, the Chief Minister asked ministers and legislators to show humility in public.

The Chief Minister is not excluded from these orders, aimed at building a stronger connect between the government and the people by removing the VIP culture barriers,” added the spokesperson.

All projects and programmes, including those inaugurated by the Chief Minister or any of his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs or other officials, would from now on be dedicated to the people of Punjab, Amarinder Singh announced.

The spokesman said while there was no bar on government functionaries and leaders from inaugurating or laying the foundation stones of buildings or projects, the practice of getting their names inscribed on such stones/plaques was being discarded with immediate effect, following explicit orders from the Chief Minister.

The Punjab Cabinet last month approved a series of measures, including removal of red beacons from atop official vehicles of various dignitaries, to rid the state of VIP culture.

Wefornews Bureau (with IANS inputs)

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