The Parliamentary Affairs Wing is investigating and collecting details. In view of rising oil prices, the government can cut expenditure.
The Punjab government has started a probe into the expenditure on fuel for the security vehicles of MLAs and ministers. The Parliamentary Affairs Wing has started collecting details in this regard to ascertain the cost of fuel and repair of the personal security vehicle of each MLA and Minister. Given the current financial situation, the cost of oil may increase and further cut.
The Punjab government has also started an economical campaign, under which all kinds of expenses are being reduced. According to Punjab government sources, the MLAs used to get 500 liters of oil every month, which was reduced by the previous governments. Now many legislators of the new government have demanded an increase in fuel expenditure.
Once these figures are received, the government will take a budget decision in this matter. The Parliamentary Affairs Department has issued letters again on 19 April and now on 12 May, seeking details of expenditure on personal security vehicles of MLAs and ministers. The Punjab government has allowed that if an MLA or a minister wants to use his personal vehicle, he is charged Rs 15 per km.
The then ministers used their personal vehicles during the Congress rule. It is learned that most of the MLAs have complained that they have been given old vehicles but the AAP government is not buying new vehicles at the moment. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has started withdrawing unnecessary security cover to check extravagance, under which a large number of security vehicles have also been withdrawn. The fuel expenditure of the Punjab government has increased significantly after the increase in oil prices. The cost of repairing old vehicles has also increased.