Government of Punjab is considering formulating a policy to ensure high-security government accommodation for former chief ministers of the state. The Amarinder government, a top official said, has formed a panel comprising Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) N S Kalsi and Director General of Police Suresh Arora to finalise the draft of the policy. The panel is likely to meet shortly to discuss the issue.
Currently, there are two former CMs, namely Parkash Singh Badal, currently the SAD MLA from Lambi, and Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a former rival of Amarinder who lost this Assembly election.
Last year, the BJP government led by Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana had stripped former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of Cabinet rank, withdrawing security, accommodation, vehicles and other staff that came with the minister’s rank.
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