Fight against 'VIP culture': Punjab govt bans names of ministers, MLAs' on foundation (नींव) stones
In a bid to oppose 'VIP culture', the Punjab government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh has prohibited (निषिद्ध) the inscription (शिलालेख) of names of government functionaries - including ministers and MLAs - on foundation stones and inaugural plaques. "The Chief Minister himself is not excluded (बाहर रखा गया) from these orders, which are aimed at building a stronger connect between the government and the people by removing the VIP culture barriers", said an official Punjab government spokesperson.
Captain Amarinder Singh said during the Assembly election campaign that all projects and programmes, including those inaugurated by the Chief Minister or any of his cabinet colleagues, MLAs or other officials, would be dedicated to the people of Punjab.
"There is no bar on government functionaries and leaders inaugurating or laying the foundation stone of any building or project, but the practice of having their names inscribed on such stones or plaques was being discarded (खारिज कर दिया) with immediate effect, following explicit orders from the Chief Minister," said the government spokesperson.
FIGHT AGAINST VIP CULTURE
The Punjab government has taken other measures to combat 'VIP culture.'
Earlier, Amarinder Singh gave up the symbolic red beacon light on his vehicle, fulfilling a promise the Congress made in its election manifesto. His cabinet ministers followed his example.
Amarinder also stood in a queue while checking in at Chandigarh airport to fly to Mumbai for an event called Invest Punjab.