Despite recent ban on playing vulgar songs in the buses by the state transport department, such songs can be heard in most of the buses in the district. There seems to be no check to discourage this practice. Very few bus drivers are religiously following the ban.
Hindustan Times has also highlighted it several times with the views of the passengers who feel such songs make the journey very embarrassing, especially when they are travelling with children or family.
The ban was announced in the first week of November by Punjab transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar, who had said that the drivers failing to comply with the orders would have to face strict departmental action. Terming the vulgar songs as creation of mental pollution among passengers, he had said that random inspections would be conducted by special committees to keep a tab on all buses.
This correspondent, who travelled in different buses, both public and private in the last one week, has also noticed the same. Such songs openly promote drugs, weapons, hooliganism and obscenity.
When some of the bus drivers and conductors were questioned if they knew about the ban, they expressed their ignorance. According to them, such songs are played in all buses for the entertainment of the passengers.
“It is shocking that bus drivers keep playing objectionable songs. They ignore the fact that on board are several families with children. This is a serious concern but is being ignored for the last several years,”said an elderly passenger, waiting to board her bus at Ludhiana bus stand. A college girl said, “There are also many songs that directly target girls and the clothes they wear. They are repeatedly played and make travelling embarrassing.”
On the other hand, there is no censor board to curb such songs but Sohan Singh Thandal, the cultural affairs minister, has several times shared that he will soon conduct a meeting to set up a censor board but his words have never turned into action.
Punjab transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar could not be contacted despite several attempts.