CHANDIGAR: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday urged senior civil and police administration officials in the state to perform their duties as civil servants in letter and spirit, thus respecting the massive mandate obtained by the AAP in recently concluded Assembly polls.
Addressing a first meeting after taking office as Chief Minister here at the CMO this afternoon, the Chief Minister said that the people who have given us the opportunity to serve the State are the real Democracy leaders with the power to make leaders rule or show them the door.
Drawing inspiration from the performance of the Indian cricket team, Mann said, “Matches are won or lost, but it’s the team spirit that counts.” . He added: “Our main concern should be to make our state the real Punjab and not London, California or Paris.”
Further emphasizing, the Chief Minister said that his government will not engage in political vendetta and requested the entire state administration to discharge their duties without fear and without any political pressure , unlike previous regimes, with utmost dedication, sincerity and honesty to cherish the aspirations of the Punjabis who voted the AAP into power with an unprecedented verdict. Mann added, “I don’t keep a red diary like previous political parties and only have a green one, so you don’t have to worry about a blood feud.”
Appreciating the enormous abilities and capabilities of civilian and police officers, Mann said: “I expect you to respect the common man and in turn we would also give you the respect and recognition due to you in showing the true spirit of being a public servant.” Without mincing a word, he said, “Corrupt officers have no place in my government and if such a complaint comes to my knowledge, then don’t expect any kind of sympathy for those officers.”
Guaranteeing a corruption-free government, Mann announced that his government would launch a WhatsApp number next March 23 on the day of the martyrdom of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh exclusively for the public to upload videos of corrupt officials demanding bribes. wine for their daily work or engaging in other misconduct so that these errant officials may receive exemplary punishment.
Breaking tradition, the Chief Minister also announced that he would award civilian and police officers with the quarterly ‘Best Performance Award’ for making a difference in the lives of the common man at the grassroots level in addition to d ensure free and fair justice for all to boost their morale. He hoped that this initiative would surely motivate the other officers to work much better and efficiently. The Chief Minister also directed the DGP to send a congratulatory message to the family members of all police employees on the anniversary day with a sense of belonging.
Reiterating his commitment to making Punjab a model state, Mann said his government’s main concern would be to create ample job opportunities for our youths to curb the unfortunate trend of brain drain from our state to the coasts. foreign. He said, “This scenario has even forced poor and unhappy parents to sell their properties to send their wards abroad for better earning prospects.” He promised that his government would soon come up with a comprehensive action plan to generate huge job potential for our young unemployed as a top priority.
Earlier, in his introductory remarks, Chief Secretary of State Anirudh Tewari welcomed the Chief Minister and assured that the civil administration and the police would work in tandem with full synergy to implement the ground-level pro-grassroots policies and programs with the right seriousness. as directed by the government.
Other eminent persons who attended the meeting included CM Additional Chief Secretary A. Venu Prasad and DGP VK Bhawra in addition to senior civilian and police officers.