State to spend Rs 50 lakh to swear-in 21 CPSs today

The cash-strapped Punjab government on Monday released Rs 50 lakh for the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries scheduled at Chappar Chiri on April 10. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would administer the oath to 21 legislators.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published: April 10, 2012 12:43 am

The cash-strapped Punjab government on Monday released Rs 50 lakh for the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) scheduled at Chappar Chiri on April 10. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would administer the oath to 21 legislators.

Incidentally,the state government has already faced flak from Opposition for spending Rs 1.43 crore on the swearing-in ceremony of the caninet on March 14.

The swearing-in of CPSs was earlier planned at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh,but the venue was changed later.

The SAS Nagar district administration has made arrangements for 5,000 people to attend the function,which sources said would be nearly similar to the one organised for the sweaing-in ceremony of the cabinet.

While three LED television sets are being installed to beam the proceedings among the gathering,several air conditioners are also being fixed to “maintain the temperature” on the stage. A helipad has been constructed for Badal’s helicopter.

Out of 21 CPSs,17 are from SAD and four from BJP.

Finally,Navjot Kaur Sidhu takes oath

Meanwhile,Assembly Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal today administered oath of office to Navjot

Kaur Sidhu as a member of the Punjab Assembly. Kaur,elected from Amritsar (East) in the recently held Punjab polls,could not take oath last month when the other member of the newly-formed state assembly were administered the oath. Her husband and BJP MP,Navjot Sidhu,were among those present on the occasion.

Appointment of CPSs challenged

CHANDIGARH: A lawyer,Jagmohan Singh Bhatti,filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday challenging the swearing-in of 21 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries in Punjab. Refusing to grant stay on the appointment,Justice Rameshwar Singh Malik adjourned the case to April 16 for hearing. An earlier petition filed by Bhatti on the same issue already stands admitted.

Bhatti,in his previous petition,had claimed the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries are being appointed,in spite of the fact no such post exists “under the Constitution of India or under any Statue or Act passed by the Parliament of India or any State Legislature.”

Bhatti has also been seeking directions for restraining the finance department from bearing “the expenses of these illegal appointments.” Directions have also been sought to withdraw all the facilities extended to the chief parliamentary secretaries.

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