Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday asked chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to immediately direct the Finance department not to implement its decision to stop the 13th salary of Punjab Police personnel.
Expressing solidarity with Punjab Police personnel, the SAD President said “we will fight this move tooth and nail and even if the Congress government succeeds in implementing this anti-people step we will reverse it immediately after formation of an SAD- BJP government in the State”.
Badal said the law and order situation had already deteriorated in the State with Congress ministers and legislators patronising gangsters and stopping the State police from functioning professionally. “Stopping the 13th salary of police personnel will help anti-social elements further”, he said while explaining that the 13th salary was given in lieu of 30 discretionary holidays which were forsaken by police personnel in the interest of bettering policing. “It is because of this sacrifice made by the police personnel that our police stations are manned efficiently round the clock and sufficient personnel are available for patrolling and other law and order duties. Doing away with the 13th salary will have a detrimental effect on police functioning and will cause great inconvenience to the general public”.
Stating that this facility had been granted to police personnel in 1979 by then chief minister S Parkash Singh Badal, the SAD President said doing away with it would adversely effect 80,000 police personnel and their families.
Badal also asked the chief minister to look into the functioning of the Finance department and stop it from freezing development work. “It is shocking that the finance department has issued a circular stopping all development works in the State”. Asking Capt Amarinder Singh to stop these anti- people steps, he said the State government could easily generate money by stopping the profligacy of its Ministers and Advisors. “Instead of making the people suffer the government should ask its Ministers and Advisors to forgo their salaries and perks. Simultaneously it should stop wasteful expenditure”, he added.
Badal also announced that the SAD would agitate along with employees for fulfilment of their genuine promises. He said besides more than Rs 4,000 crore pending in the form of Dearness Allowance, the Congress government was not allowing implementation of the sixth Pay Commission and not regularising 27,000 employees whose cases had been cleared by the previous SAD-BJP government.