CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and his cabinet colleagues are donning ‘aam aadmi’ avatar ahead of elections in the northern state.
The purpose of this new ‘Avatar’ is also to make a dent in AAP’s growing popularity. On the first day after taking oath, Channi said that his government is for the poor, for the poor and for the poor.
Channi recently came to the aid of a blind old man, for which he directed the authorities to ensure free treatment from the government hospital.
In Mandi Kalan village, he stopped his convoy to give ‘shagun’ to a newly married poor couple. Channi tasted the sweets offered by their families. After this, he greeted with folded hands.
Channi did not stop here. He visited the bereaved families of farmers who had ended their lives due to debt.
He had lunch at a family house. He suddenly did Bhangra at a function at IK Gujral Punjab Technical University.
A few days ago, after returning home late at night, Channi noticed that some visitors were waiting for him outside his official residence.
The Chief Minister got down from his SUV, sat on the roadside and talked to him and resolved his problems.
In order to be easily accessible, Channi ordered his security cover to be reduced as around 1,000 police personnel were deployed for security.
He also asked his ministers to keep their security to a minimum. The last time Channi had come to Delhi to meet the PM, he had opted for the economy class flight while returning home.
This apparent change in the new Punjab cabinet headed by Channi is in stark contrast to that of his predecessor Amarinder Singh.
His own party workers had accused Amarinder of being inaccessible and running the government from a farmhouse.
Taking lessons from Channi’s book, Transport Minister Amarinder Singh Raja Waring twice traveled in state-run transport buses. Waring also went to different bus stands.
He picked up the garbage to express a sense of solidarity with the sanitation workers.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa conducted a surprise inspection at the Punjab Police Headquarters.
His aim was to ensure that the staff and officers arrive on time so that the public is not inconvenienced.
In order to make it easily available to Sarpanchs and Municipal Councilors in the Civil Secretariat, the government has decided to issue admit cards to them.