Even as the Lokpal bill has been cleared by both houses of Parliament, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that the institution alone cannot check corruption.
Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the mini open Deer Safari here on Wednesday, Sukhbir said there was a need to overhaul the system to curb corruption.
He said more and more administrative reforms were needed to make the system more transparent, while claiming that the Punjab government was already working in this direction so that no one had to visit offices for routine work.
On setting up an effective Lokpal in the state on the lines of a legislation passed by Parliament, Sukhbir said Punjab already had the institution in place.
When asked about the ongoing crisis at the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Jalandhar, the deputy CM said he was looking into the matter. "We are examining the situation and will decide what can be done to resolve the issue," he said.
Sukhbir denied claims by the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leadership that the proposed rally of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at Jagraon on December 21 had been put off fearing protests by both parties. He clarified that bad weather prevailing in the region was responsible for the postponement of the rally.
He said the rally would be organised in the last week of February.
Blaming the Centre for the delay in making the Bhisiana domestic airport in Bathinda functional, Sukhbir said the state government had repeatedly urged the ministry of civil aviation to inaugurate the airport, but the latter had deliberately not given time for the purpose. "Going by the attitude of the central government in this regard, we have decided not to approach them. The airport will be dedicated to the people after the National Democratic Alliance forms the government at the Centre," the deputy CM added.