15/02/2016 2:32 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Punjab Govt Bans Playing Of 'Vulgar Songs' In State-Run Buses

A passenger bus (bottom) drives past a banner for the film Hate Story hung outside a cinema hall in Kolkata on April 19, 2012. Two versions of promotional posters for the film 'Hate Story' are being painted blue in Kolkata following orders of the Calcutta High Court, to hide the bare back of Bengali actress Paoli Dam which were deemed 'obscene and provocative' by the West Bengal Board of Censorship, a report said. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

CHANDIGARH -- Punjab Government has banned playing of "vulgar songs" and "provocative music" in the state -run buses with immediate effect following complaints in this regard.

The directions have been passed by state Transport Minister Ajit Singh Kohar who warned that any bus driver found violating government's directive would have to face strict departmental action.

"The use of vulgar and provocative music in the state run transport buses has been banned with immediate effect," a Punjab Government release quoting the Minister said today.

The Minister stressed that the Punjab government was committed to provide best transport services to its people and it was imperative for the officers concerned to ensure the proper and forceful implementation of the instructions in larger public interest.

"Random surprise checks would be conducted by a specially constituted committee to check the use of provocative music in the buses," the minister said.

He also said that the "frequent use of vulgar and loud music in the buses" not only disturbs the passengers but is "instrumental in fatal accidents which occur due to distraction caused to the drivers."

"This type of music goes contrary to both the rich cultural heritage of the state and the directions of the independent state level censor board which was especially constituted to check vulgarity in Punjabi songs," he said.

He also urged the general public to contact him personally if they come across any violation of the directions of the state government.

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