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February 03, 2008

World Bank Assisted, Rs. 1280.30 crore program- Provide water supply to 3662 villages


Ludhiana, February 3, 2008

Taking a strong exception to the claim of the Punjab Pradesh congress leadership for being the sole votary of the state's interests and the rights of its people, S. Bikram Singh Majithia Minister for Water Supply, Sanitation and Information & Public Relations Punjab dared them," if they are true to their words, then they should not miss an opportunity to accompany the SAD-BJP in its proposed joint Protest Rally to be held at New Delhi on 22nd February to pressurize the Center to concede the legitimate and justified the demands of the beleaguered peasantry and industry of the state". Mr. Majithia stipulated that SAD- BJP alliance would virtually launch a crusade for seeking an attractive agriculture and industrial package for the state at all costs. He demanded an early announcement of similar package for its debt ridden farmers on the Vidharba pattern and grant of liberal concessions for the industry at par with the neighboring states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakand and J & K.

Addressing a massive gathering after inaugurating newly executed Water Supply Scheme at a cost of Rs. 63.93 lakh at village Ayali Khurd 8 kms from here today, Mr. Majithia squarely blamed the congress party in the state for bringing the state to the brink of economic disaster due to the ill conceived and illogical policies of the previous Govt. for their own vested political interests . He claimed that whenever the Congress party came in power in Punjab it always negated the development process initiated by the SAD-BJP Govt., which was a pointer towards their established policy of double speak.

Referring to the broad outlines of the ambitious World Bank Assisted, Punjab Renewal Water Supply and Sanitation Project of Rs. 1280.30 crore to provide potable drinking water in all water scarcity hit villages in Punjab, Mr. majithia said that under this program water supply will be provided to 3662 villages i.e. 2124 not covered, 920 partially covered and 1618 villages where service level has reduced from prescribed norms. He said that 1000 ponds in the villages were also being renovated under this program . The Engineers of the department would provide technical assistance and Superintending Engineers would also periodically monitor the quality of water being supplied in the villages.

Referring to the water supply schemes being taken up in Ludhiana district, the Minister disclosed that out of 891 habitated villages in the district 731 had already been provided with potable drinking water supply. He added that 166 more villages were being covered with the Water Supply and Sanitation projects at a cost of Rs. 4471 lakh by the end of year 2008-09. He said that water supply schemes were also being executed in 55 villages falling along Budha Nala at a cost of Rs. 363.48 lakh, out of which work in 28 village had already been completed. The minister announced that a new road from Singhpura to Humbran would be constructed soon.

Earlier, he also inaugurated the scheme costing to Rs 50 lac of upgrading the government High School and of Rs 10 lac project of streets and drains in the village.

Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon MP addressing the function said that he had spent funds amounting to Rs 3.25 crore out of MP LAD quota on the development of Dakha constituency alone.

Addressing the function S. Darshan Singh Shiwalik MLA and Mr. Manpreet Singh Iyali Vice President YAD said that funds amounting to more than Rs. 4 crore had already been released for the development of Dakha constituency during the last 11 months.

Prominent among others who were present on this occasion includedMr. Surinder Pal Singh Badhowal member SGPC, Mr. Arvinder Singh Chief Engineer, Mr. Ashwani Kumar Soni SE, Mr. Maghar Singh Circle Jathedar, Mr. Jagjit Singh Dhandra Member Block Samiti and Mr. Nater Singh Sarpanch


Raipur Rajputa (Ludhiana) February 3-

Punjab Chief Minster Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the leadership of Shiromani Akali Dal to follow the precious legacy and ideology of the veteran Akali leader Jathedar Daya Singh.

These views were expressed by Mr. Badal while paying homage to Jathedr Daya Singh on his 3rd death anniversary here at local Gurdwara in his native village.

The Chief Minister described Jathedar Daya Singh as an epitome of self sacrifice and dedication, who spent his entire life for the well being (Chardikala) of Sikh Panth. Mr. Badal said he had a long association with Jathedar Daya Singh, who had the qualities of head and heart and was committed to the service of humanity to the core of his heart. He was an upright, contented and above all a through humanitarian, who never aspired for any political gain or position. After partition, Jathedar Daya Singh settled here and adopted agriculture as an occupation to earn his livelihood. He remained sarpanch of village panchayat for 22 years and served as a member of SGPC for 21 years, besides also an executive member of the SGPC. He also remained the District President of SAD Ludhiana Rural spanning over 27 years, which spoke volumes of his credentials and wider acceptability amongst the rank and file of the party.

Earlier, Mr. Badal visited the ancestral house of Jathedar Daya Singh and met the family members including Ms. Harjinder kaur daughter, Navtej Singh maternal grand son and Jasbir Singh nephew of late Jathedar.

On the occasion, Mr. Badal announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the development of village Raipur Rajputan. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Mr. Jagjiwan Singh Khirnia MLA Samrala, Former Akali MLA Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Mr. Jagdish Singh Garcha Mr. Nusrat Ali, Mr. Jagdev Singh Tajpuri ( all Former Ministers), District President SAD Mr. Santa Singh Umedpuri, Mr. Ajmer Singh Bhagpur Chairman Milk Plant and Baba Jagroop Singh Circle Jathedar.

Later, Mr. Badal presided over the Prize Distribution function at 25th Annual sports tournament organized by Singh Sports Association at village Ghungrali Rajputan and announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh to the sports club.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Badal said that our government was committed to promote rural sports in a big way. He urged the youth to participate in the sports activities, as Punjab had a golden legacy in the sports since time immemorial. Showing deep concern over the growing trend of drug addiction amongst the youth, Mr. Badal pointed out that it was the high time to encourage the younger generation towards the sports activities, so that their unbounded energy and talent could be canalized in a constructive manner. He asked the sports and youth clubs in the villages to come forward for the promotion of the sports to enable Punjab to regain its lost glory in the arena of sports.

Mr. Jagjiwan Singh Khirnia MLA Samrala, Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra Ex- MLA, District President SAD Mr. Santa Singh Umedpuri, Baba Jagroop Singh Circle Jathedar. Mr. Surinder Singh Tiwana Chairman of Singh Sports Club, Bibi Baljit Kaur Sapanch



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