Khaira slams govt for appointing advisors with ministerial status

This is not only gross violation of Constitution but also a cruel joke with the elected representatives.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: March 14, 2014 11:35:39 am

Panjab Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Tuesday said that by appointing an army of advisors and other non-elected persons in ministerial posts,the SAD-BJP government had flouted the 91st Amendment of Article 75 of the Constitution that restricts the maximum number of council of ministers to 15 per cent of the total strength of the state Assembly.

In a release issued here,Khaira said the Badal government,over a period of time,has appointed over 10 non-elected persons as advisors,chairmen of various boards and conferred upon them ministerial status. “This is not only gross violation of Constitution but also a cruel joke with the elected representatives. Most members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha have been elected after serving the people and are without any ministerial office,while this army of non-elected persons enjoy posts without any accountability,” he said,adding that there are also a huge numbers of CPS and PS,merely enjoying perks without any work. Condemning the Badals of adopting the “carrot and stick policy” to either intimidate its political opponents with a stick or appease its critics with allurements,Khaira said: “The recent appointments of certain journalists as media advisors is part of a well planned carrot policy,doling out ministerial status and thus,blunting criticism of their pen.”

“The policy of stick has been in operation for the last seven years. All political opponents who dare to oppose the Badals have been booked under false cases,forcing them to either switch loyalties or face the wrath…,” he added.

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