Punjab transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar on Monday banned use of vulgar and provocative music in the state-run transport buses with immediate effect.
Kohar said that any bus driver violating government’s directive would have to face strict departmental action.
The minister said, “Punjab government is committed to provide best transport services to its people and it is imperative for the officers concerned to ensure the proper and forceful implementation of the instructions in larger public interest.”
Random surprise checks would be conducted by a specially constituted committee to check the use of provocative music in the buses, said Kohar.
He further said that the frequent use of vulgar and loud music in the buses not only generates mental pollution amongst the passengers but is also instrumental in fatal accidents as it leads to distraction.
“This type of music goes contrary to both the rich cultural heritage of the state and also the dictate of the independent state level censor board which was especially constituted to check vulgarity in Punjabi songs,” he said.
The minister also urged the general public to contact him personally if they came across anything erroneous with regard to the transport facilities extended to them by the government.