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Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times
Patiala, September 14, 2013
Mooted by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the model school project of Patiala, is set to hit roadblock, as the Karamgarh village panchayat has objected the move of earmarking the village land for the project, without the consent of the panchayat.
Though the school has to come up at 10 acres land of Dairy Development Department (DDD) Punjab at Nabha Road, but in lieu of that 10 acres land, the government has decided to give 40 acres of land of Karamgarh and Fagganmajra village to DDD, which has planned to open a dairy training institute on that land.

Fagganmajra village panchayat has passed the resolution. However, Karamgarh village has objected it.

Balwant Singh, sarpanch of Karamgarh village said, "After the formation of Karamgarh village from Fagganmajra, the division of common Panchayat land has not been completed yet. Karamgarh has 50% share in the 1148 kanals land. The area earmarked for the project falls within our village, so the government must take our consent."

He added that the village has objection over the project as some Scheduled Caste residents are living on the land from past 50 years. "We won't allow anyone to be refugee and will move to court, if the administration doesn't listen to us,"he added.

As per the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act, if a panchayat is divided into two villages, the common land and income resources, will also be divided according to the percentage of population of the newly carved village. Karamgarh is carved from Fagganmajra 2008.

Local MLA and Congress leader Brahm Mohindra said, "I welcome the project of model school and dairy institute, but won't allow anyone to displace a resident. District administration should take the Karamgarh residents into confidence and address their grievances, otherwise I will support them."

The CM has finalised a proposal of setting up new model schools for the students of the rural areas securing 80% or more marks from the government schools in the matric exams.

These schools will be established in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda and Mohali so that the meritorious students of nearby districts could also join these institutions.

Every model school will be established over an area of 10 acre and Rs. 10 crore will be spent to equip these schools with facilities such as computer labs, laboratories, libraries, playgrounds and residential complexes for teachers and students.