PUNJAB CABINET VS BUREAUCRATS
Punjab becoming a ‘bureaucratic State’ not a good omen for democracy
- Bir Devinder Singh
Punjab becoming a ‘bureaucratic State’ not a good omen for democracy




The sordidly serious developments emerged from the scene of the pre-Cabinet meeting of the Punjab Government, where all the Ministers of the Punjab Cabinet walked out in protest against the appallingly arrogant behavior of the Chief Secretary of Punjab Karn Avtar Singh.
 
The corollary of the event as emerged  from the pre-Cabinet meeting and credible media reports suggests that the pre-Cabinet meeting was being addressed by the Chief Secretary online through the video conferencing mode and the Cabinet Ministers in attendance, which itself sounds quite incongruously.
 
But when the Ministers objected to the mode and manner in which they were being addressed by the Chief Secretary, and in unison they sought his physical presence in the meeting. The Chief Secretary Karn Avtar Singh who also holds the charge of Secretary Excise, did turn up for the meeting and reluctantly obliged the sullied Ministers. 
 
Thereafter it is reported that the Chief Secretary unfolded the premeditated excise policy, allegedly finalized in consultation with the ‘Liquor Mafia’ of the State and then duly bargained and approved by the ‘Whisky Priest’, was  placed before the Cabinet for its formal  approval.
 
The proposed excise policy, its alleged was earlier contemplated by ‘Liquor Barons’ of the State and not keeping in loop the Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, is in utter disparity of the interests of the State exchequer.
 
In this meeting as we learn from the credible media reports, the Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal took fundamental objection to some of the salient features of the proposed ‘Excise Policy’ to which the Chief Secretary retorted saying ‘it has already been approved by the CM, if you have any objection you better sort out with the CM’.

On this vicious retort of the Chief Secretary Manpreet Singh Badal who is otherwise very soft and sublime Minister by temperament and well adorn decent etiquettes, felt offended and walked out of the pre-Cabinet meeting followed by all other Ministers one by one without waiting for the arrival and intervention of the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who was yet to join the Cabinet meeting through video conferencing mode.

With this sudden awkward development, the Punjab Government led by Capt. Amarinder has certainly plunged in to a deep constitutional crisis.
 
The Chief Secretary to Government of Punjab is also an ‘Ex Officio’ Secretary to the State cabinet when Cabinet is in the meeting.
 
So such an outrageous and unusual walk out by the ministers amounts to a public expression of disparagement and complete lack of faith and confidence in the static and unresponsive manner the state is being run by a ‘Stationary Chief Minister’ during most  difficult times.
 
As a matter of fact, the Punjab has actually become a defunct ‘bureaucratic State’ a new phenomenon which lacks democratic fervor at all the levels of ‘Governance’ in the State.
 
The current crisis of paralytic relationship between the Ministers and their secretaries and the callous arbitrariness of bureaucrats towards their Ministers is a grim reminder of complete collapse of the ‘democratic governance’ in Punjab.
 
The current emerging scenario reflects the colossal betrayal of the expectation of the people of Punjab and also the democratic ethos and thought.
 
If I am asked to evaluate and write a thesis on the work culture of the present Government in Punjab, my cult reply would be, ‘Sorry, the current ‘No Government’ model, is beyond my comprehension.'   
 
Unfortunately the state had already lost its rational of democratically elected government for quite some time.
 
The Stationary Chief Minister first abandoned his top heavy CM Secretariat in the seat of Governance i.e. The Punjab Civil Secretariat, thereafter he abandoned his constituency (Patiala) and then he abandoned the official residence of the Chief Minister in Chandigarh’s Sector-2, which is heavily guarded by the security forces at a great expense.
 
And the most surprisingly is he now venturing to replace the time tested ‘Cabinet System’ of the West Minister Model of the Governance with the ‘bureaucratic State’, much to the chagrin of his own Ministers.
 
The ascent of a non-resident Chief Minister seems to be a new and alien phenomenon of Governance, which Capt. Amarinder Singh is endeavoring to discover, completely ignoring the role of his Ministers.
 
He certainly owes Public explanation as to why he has first abandoned his constituency then his office and official residence as well?
 
Is there some superstitious myth behind his abandoning spree which he is following blindly and quite unscrupulously?

In view of the current trumpet and unprecedented ‘lock horns’ situation, between the Chief Secretary and the Cabinet Ministers that too during the ‘National Lockdown’ which  clearly manifests the emergence of a ‘bureaucratic State’ over the ‘democratic State’ beside complete policy paralysis.
 
It is a sufficient evidence to testify the complete breakdown of the constitutional machinery in the State, therefore the Governor of Punjab V. P. Singh Badnore must intervene in the current situation of constitutional crisis in the State and invoke his constitutional mandate by sending his immediate appraisal report to the Home Ministry with the recommendation to bring the State under the Presidents Rule, for a brief spell, followed by fresh elections in Punjab.


 

(The author is a former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and a politician celebrated for his grasp on legislative affairs.)

 

 


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