Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Saturday decided to revoke the subsidy system, under which the state’s farmers were receiving subisidised electricity.
The end of the system of subsidies will only add to farmers’ woes as now they shall have to pay a higher electricity bill.
The subsidy had cost the state government a whopping Rs 3,200 crore.
Meanwhile, the state has started initiating a few steps aimed at modernizing the police force. A Police Commissioner system is being introduced across the state. Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana will be the first three cities to get police commissioners.
Currently, each of these cities has a senior police superintendent to head the whole district’s police force.
In the new system, each commissionerate will be headed by an officer of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) rank and will have powers of an executive magistrate besides other powers.
Claiming that the move was aimed at getting rid of the colonial legacy in policing, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the state Home Minister, and Industries Minister Manoranjan Kalia said the new system will cater to modern policing in view of the fast changing demographic profile and nature of crime in industrialised and high-tech emerging societies.