Centre encroaching upon rights of Punjab: AAP

New Delhi, March 30 : The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday alleged in Parliament that the central government is encroaching upon the rights of its elected government in Punjab. Raising the matter during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, AAP MP Sanjay Singh said that the Centre wants to implement central laws in the administrative matters of the on Territory of Chandigarh. “It’s unfortunate that Punjab doesn’t have its own capital. Chandigarh was made joint capital of Punjab and Haryana in 1966 and under the provision of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, the state of Punjab is providing 60 percent of staff to the UT administration whereas Haryana is providing 40 percent for the same. Recently, the Central government intends to implement central laws on the Chandigarh Administration,” he said. He further said that AAP’s CM Bhagwant Mann decided to regularise all contractual employees of the Punjab. “If the central laws will be applied in Chandigarh, then what will happen to these employees. They will be devoid of the facilities provided by the state government,” he said. On March 27, Home Minister Amit Shah had announced that Central Civil Service Rules will be implemented for all employees under Chandigarh Administration. This decision invited criticism from Punjab leaders. ASU SHK1937

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