Punjab governor Badnore holds back notification on VIP numbers, says not in good taste
Hindustan Times had reported how UT transport secretary KK Jindal had paid just the reserve price of Rs 5,000 and booked the number 0001 for his wife. The number used to be auctioned for lakhs of rupees.punjab Updated: May 11, 2017 13:04 IST
Chandigarh administrator VP Singh Badnore intervened to put the controversial notification on hold vide which the administration had reserved the 0001 number for vehicles of ‘dignitaries’. Official sources said that he found the notification was not in good taste in the present times. The notification had triggered a row with residents slamming the administration as it meant not only misuse of power by the bureaucrats but also loss to the state exchequer.
Hindustan Times had reported how UT transport secretary KK Jindal had paid just the reserve price of Rs 5,000 and booked the number 0001 for his wife. The number used to be auctioned for lakhs of rupees.
Badnore told the officer also to surrender his number, said a senior official .
“The administration will review the policy now as we don’t want that officers should misuse the number by selling it further,” Jindal told HT.
“I will surrender my number on Thursday and will be e-auctioned for general public, which will start from May 11 (Thursday).”
After HT reported the story on May 6 titled ‘UT babus get fancy registration number at throwaway prices’, residents and activists also wrote to the administrator demanding that the notification be withdrawn. HT reported about this on May 8.