The newly formed Punjab government had its first cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, and also had the presence of all nine cabinet ministers. During the state cabinet’s first meeting, CM Amarinder Singh started work on the state’s development agenda and took several key decisions.
From shunning the VIP culture to coming down strongly on the Punjab drug menace, the new chief minister went ahead at making decisions aimed at fulfilling one-third of their electoral promises as soon as possible.
Here are some of the key decisions that were taken during the meeting –
- The cabinet unanimously decided to shun the VIP culture in the state by removing the blue, red and yellow beacons from their official vehicles – from ministers to MLAs to bureaucrats.
- The Cabinet cleared the new excise policy and cut down on number of liquor vends across Punjab.
- They decided to have major crackdown on drug mafia in the state. A series of new legislations, as they proposed in the manifesto, will be enacted to ensure speedy justice, which includes the Confiscation of Drug Dealers’ Property Act. A special task force will be committed to deal with the drug menace in Punjab.
- The newly formed government also abolished the halqa incharge system and decided that the police personnel will have fixed duty hours.
- A 33% reservation for women in all government jobs.
- The government will extend various benefits to Dalits and other backwards.
- State’ Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said that the banks shall not be allowed to auction properties of farmers. Various high-level committees will be constituted to bring agriculture and industry on track.
- The government will abolish District Transport Officer system and their powers will be given to SDMs.