Bhagwant Mann, who is going to take oath as Punjab CM this evening, has appointed 1991 IAS Officer Venu Prasad as his prinicpal secretary, the first appointment before taking oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab.
He was additional chief secretary, taxation and parliamentary affairs, with additional charge of chairman-cum-managing director, Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited, in the previous Congress government. Earlier, he had been served as principal secretary, water resources, power and local government. He was the deputy commissioner of Faridkot from October 1999 to May 2003.
After claiming victory on 92 seats of Punjab on Wednesday, Mann has kicked off the process of administrative changes with the change of government in the state. After meeting the Punjab Governor, he a announced that he will take oath on March 16 at 12.30 in Khatkar Kala, the village of Bhagat Singh. All the people of Punjab are invited for swearing-in ceremony, Mann said.
Preparations are being made in full swing at Khatkarkalan, the village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Nawanshahr, for the swearing-in ceremony of the future Chief Minister of Punjab, Bhagwant Mann.
In Punjab’s 117 assembly seats, the Aam Aadmi Party has won 92 seats while Congress bagged 18 seats.
Many Punjab heavyweights Charanjit Singh Channi, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder Singh and five members of Badal family had faced defeat in this elections.
To end the VIP culture from Punjab, Mann has decided to withdraw the security of 122 former MLAs of Punjab.