Chief Secretary apologises, Punjab logjam ends

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The face-off between Punjab ministers and Chief Secretary (CS) Karan Avtar Singh has ended with the officer apologising at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh at the Civil Secretariat here today. Senior Congress leaders, including PPCC Chief Sunil Jakhar, had flayed the bureaucracy’s “complete control over governance” in the state.Finance Minister Manpreet Badal called it a win for democracy. “In a democratic set-up, elected representatives have more say and importance than the bureaucracy”, he underlined. The CM is learnt to have spoken of the officer’s unblemished career and his retirement in August. Earlier in the day, the Chief Secretary visited the residence of Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra.

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