Led govt in Punjab takes measures to end VIP culture

  • Led govt in Punjab takes measures to end VIP culture

Led govt in Punjab takes measures to end VIP culture

To minimise the burden of the state government, the cabinet has also decided that insurance schemes will cover reimbursement of medical expenses of MLAs, ministers, former ministers and the chief minister, the spokesman said.

The Congress swept the elections with 77 seats in the 117-member assembly.

During the swearing-in ceremony here earlier in the day, Sidhu was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore after Amarinder Singh and cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Amarinder Singh on taking over as Punjab CM, wished him the best in working for state's development.

Ruling SAD-BJP won 18, AAP fighting its maiden assembly polls in Punjab won 20 while 2 seats went to newly floated outfit and AAP ally Lok Insaaf Party.

Captain Singh said that the date for oath ceremony has been fixed for March 16.

AICC general secretaries Ahmed Patel and Ambika Soni, besides secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari are also expected to attend the event. Amarinder has opted for a low-key swearing-in ceremony keeping in mind the financial health of the state.

Beacons will be only allowed on vehicles engaged in emergency services like ambulances and fire brigades, and on cars of the Chief Justice and judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, an official spokesman said. The Congress got a big win in the state over the SAD and the BJP alliance and the AAP.

Singh has promised to crack down on the massive drug problem in the state as soon as he takes office.

Reaffirming the Punjab Congress's commitment towards empowerment of women, the cabinet also chose to increase their representation in the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) from the present 33 per cent to 50 per cent, the spokesperson said.

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