CHANDIGARH (Web Desk) – The Indian Punjab government has banned use of provocative and vulgar songs in the state-run buses.

Issuing formal directions to the department to stop airing the vulgar songs, Transport Minister Ajit Singh Kohar said that any bus driver violating government’s directive would face strict departmental action.

“The frequent use of vulgar and loud music in buses not only leads to noise pollution but is also instrumental in causing fatal accidents.

The provocative lyrics distract drivers. Random checks would be conducted by a specially constituted committee to check the use of provocative music in the buses,” Kohar said.

The Minister said 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.

He said that the vulgar and provocative music goes contrary to both the rich cultural heritage of the state and also the dictate of the independent state level censor board, which was especially constituted to check vulgarity in the Punjabi songs.

The minister also urged the general public to contact him personally if they come across anything erroneous with regard to the transport facilities extended to them by the Punjab government.