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Punjab Govt. has been criticized for not taking appropriate action against singers using provocative and inappropriate lyrics in their renditions. Recent trends show that a lot of new-age Punjabi singers are using lyrics that could glorify sex, promiscuity and violence. The govt. plans to swing into action against this trend and might even consider legal action against singers who have been fueling these trends.

Panjab Govt. is also thinking over a new policy to check negativity in songs to retain Punjab's culture and stop the erosion of age-old values that the Punjabis have been proudly living by.

Talking to The Tribune, Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Minister for Cultural Affairs, said the government would shortly come out with a new policy with rules and regulations to be followed by all singers and recording studios.

"Though we have held several meetings in the past to suggest ways and means to check vulgarity in popular Punjabi music, these have remained inconclusive. Initially, we had contemplated setting up a censor board. But we realised that this would not be of much help as the singers can simply release their songs either online (on YouTube) or anywhere outside Punjab. This is why we are thinking of coming up with a cultural policy where all stakeholders in the music industry will be on board ", he said.

Dinkar Gupta, Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP), Law and Order, said: "We are examining various legislations under which we can book a person resorting to vulgarity or for portraying women in bad light." He said the police was also examining ways to check indecent portrayal of women on the Internet.

Istri Jagriti Manch representative, Aman Deol stated: "We have held several demonstrations against these Punjabi singers. Though the government had assured us it would set up a censor board, nothing has been done. These songs influence young impressionable minds, who could take to serious crimes."

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