Maintaining law and order is government’s top priority: Sukhbir Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2014 16:22 IST

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday vociferously asserted that maintaining law and order in the state is our top priority and added that Akali-BJP government has a zero tolerance towards dereliction in duty.

He was replying to a media query pertaining to the alleged fake encounter case in Ludhiana. Rubbishing aside the allegation of high headedness by Punjab Police officials, Badal said it may be well observed that misconduct, dereliction in duty and failure to exercise proper supervisory control has made many officials face the music.

Adding, he said action against the erring officials were not limited to routine inquiries or suspensions, rather they were dismissed for their lapses, so none would dare to misuse his office. In fact, maximum dismissals of guilty officials under Article 311(2) of the Indian Constitution have been ordered during Akali-BJP regime, said he.

Badal was interacting with the media after paying obeisance at Golden Temple here on Tuesday. He was accompanied by union food processing industry minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Responding to a query pertaining to assembly elections in Haryana, the deputy cm said that Akali Dal has decades-old relations with INLD and would continue to support it. He added that BJP was well aware of this fact and understood the situation so it would not have any adverse effect on Akali-BJP relationship.

Being asked about Punjab government’s plans for the winners of 17th Asian Games, Sukhbir Badal said Punjab is very proud of its sportspersons who have brought laurels to the country and the State. The deputy CM, who is also holding the sports portfolio, added that Punjab government would honor all the Punjabi players who have won medals in the Asian and Commonwealth Games. The winners from Punjab would get Rs 26 lakh, Rs. 16 lakh and Rs. 11 lakh for gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in a special felicitation ceremony to be held very soon.

Later, reviewing the progress of various ongoing development projects in Amritsar, Badal said in about a year and a half, the holy city would witness massive development and emerge as one of the most well developed and beautiful cities of India.

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