Chandigarh:The Election Commission has directed the Punjab government not to publish government diaries ahead of the assembly elections in the state.
The directions have been issued in an attempt to avoid wastage of money and manpower on publishing scores of diaries with otherwise would serve no purpose if the government changes after elections.
With the change of the government, almost every officer, their names, departments and telephone numbers will also be changed. Even the names ministers, their portfolios, office-bearers of various boards and corporations will also be changed. So publishing the diaries will serve no purpose, an officer of the state government said.
However, the government has published the official calendar with picture of five historical buildings of the state. This time, the Punjab government’s calendar sans pictures of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore.