New Delhi: In a major decision, The Punjab government of Bhagwant Mann has withdrawn security cover of 424 more people with immediate effect and the concerned police personnel have been directed to report to special DGP at Jalandhar Cantt today. These 424 people include retired Police officers, religious leaders and political leaders.
Earlier this month, the AAP government withdrew security cover of eight protectees including Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar. Of these eight people, five had Z category security while the rest three had Y+. They were protected by 127 police personnel and nine vehicles. Following the decision taken by the Bhagwant Mann-led govt, nearly half of the security personnel have been withdrawn from Giani Harpreet Singh. Reacting to the AAP government’s decision of curtailing his security, Giani Harpreet Singh said that he came to know from his security personnel that they have been called back.
Harpreet Singh said “It’s not a big thing, I have asked the secretary to talk to the govt to call back remaining security personnel, we don’t need security, especially from Punjab govt. Khalsa Panth, our Sikh youth are sufficient to provide security, we don’t need security from the state govt, we are sending back the remaining security personals”.Former ministers Manpreet Singh Badal, Raj Kumar Verka, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and the family of former Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi were among those whose security was withdrawn.
Following this, over 400 police personnel returned to police stations, Chief Minister Mann had said. Mr Mann also said that the government will utilise police for what they are meant to do (work for common people) and not bother them (with security duties of VIPs). In continuation with such moves, the Chief Minister had also announced that the government will put an end to the practice of former MLAs drawing pension for more than one term. However, the state’s Governor has asked the government to bring the bill in the assembly during the Budget session.
Former MLAs in Punjab, who get around ₹ 75,000 monthly pension for one term, also draw an additional 66 per cent of the amount for each subsequent term. “Thousands of crores of rupees which were being spent on MLA pensions will now be used to benefit the people of Punjab,” the Chief Minister had said while announcing the pension rule change.