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Pb, UP crack down on VIP culture; will J&K follow in their footsteps?
3/21/2017 12:22:32 AM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Mar 20: As Punjab chief minister Amrinder Singh and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath crack down on VIPculture, pledging to work without discrimination on the beginning of their new innings, it is time for J&K to follow in their footsteps, saying no to red beacons for ministers, senior bureaucrats and police officers.
As per TV reports, that dominated almost all the national news channels today, Yogi has ordered that no minister in the state will be allowed to use red beacons atop vehicles. On his first day after the swearing-in ceremony, he got tough against corruption as he asked all the ministers in his cabinet to provide details of their income and moveable and immoveable assets within 15 days.
He held the view that UP lacked in the race of development only because previous governments were corruption-ridden and indulged in nepotism.
Capt Amarinder was the first to ban the use of red beacons on top of the minister's vehicles.
However, more than Punjab and UP, it is J&K that is badly plagued by the boorish VIP culture. From roads to railway stations, airports and malls, it is prevalent everywhere, causing much irritation and inconvenience to common people.
Browbeating commoners, gun toting cops, who escort vehicles of politicians, bureaucrats and senior police officers of the rank of SSPs and above, can be seen forcing way even through worst traffic jams. Anyone, who dares to question them, becomes the victim of their wrath.
The idea of VIPs is demeaning and inherently undemocratic. It can't be held democratic in any way. While people wait for hours tog
On roads, while 'VIPs' remain seated in their cozy cars, cops escorting them often shower abuses on those vehicle operators who get a bit late to make way for them. This is ridiculous and defeats the very idea of democracy.
ther for their turn to get to ticket windows at railway stations and airports, new counters are opened for the convenience of VIPs. This is, however, against the spirit of Indian Constitution that guarantees equality to all.
On roads, while 'VIPs' remain seated in their cozy cars, cops escorting them often shower abuses on those vehicle operators who get a bit late to make way for them. This is ridiculous and defeats the very idea of democracy.
Realising that it is time to end VIP culture, Capt Amrinder-led Punjab government has announced to get rid of it. In its first meeting after forming the government Saturday last, the Punjab cabinet decided to abolish becon lights on vehicles in order to put an end to the VIP culture in the state.
It, however, remains to be seen whether, taking a cue from Punjab and UP, J&K would be becoming the third state in the country to end the VIP culture which is omnipresent in all its three regions, with majority elected representatives and senior police and civil officers virtually behaving like 'extra-constitutional' authorities. On roads, they swerve in choicest direction as if they are above law.
This is the time when J&K should necessarily curb the VIP culture to infuse the sense of equality among its inhabitants. The state administration must give a serious thought to it and issue a formal notification to abolish the 'unwelcome' VIP culture.
Due to the VIP culture, elected representatives become unapproachable to people who elect them. The culture regretfully makes them aliens, unfamiliar and ill-mannered. Its deserved a burial for all times to come.
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