In what is seen as a sign of a united Congress unit in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu have agreed to set up a 10-member strategic policy group to ensure better coordination between the party and the state government and expedite implementation of various government programmes.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had earlier advised that the Punjab government and the state unit of the party must work together.
To be headed by the chief minister, the group will have Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Social Security Minister Aruna Chaudhary as members along with Sidhu.
The four state Congress working presidents — Kuljit Singh Nagra, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Sangat Singh Gilzian and Pawan Goel — and state Congress general secretary Pargat Singh will also be members.
The decision was taken on Friday when Sidhu, along with Nagra and Pargat, called on the chief minister to discuss Punjab related issues and steps to strengthen party-government coordination, a statement said.
The group will hold weekly meetings in consultation with other ministers and experts as may be required. It will discuss and review the progress of various state government initiatives already under implementation, and will also suggest measures to expedite the same, it said.