R13k-cr plan approved for rural development
The Punjab government on Thursday approved a Rs 13,000 crore plan for development of all the 12,775 villages in the state. The villages would be covered under the integrated Rural Development Plan in three years in a phased manner, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said after a meeting of the Special Core Group attended by senior ministers and MLAs.chandigarh Updated: Nov 01, 2012 18:52 IST
As the Punjab government cleared a Rs 13,000-crore rural development plan, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday announced that the money would be spent on all 12,775 villages of the state in a phased manner over three years.
Ensuring concrete streets and peripheries (phirnis), besides underground piped sewerage, would be the focus of the plan, which was approved here in a meeting attended by rural development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, education minister Sikander Singh Maluka and other MLAs belonging to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Mindful of recent scams involving funds earmarked for villages, Sukhbir asked the panchayats department to tone up its "lax" audit system. He also asked the department to ensure complete audit of the entire spending, and directed the principal secretary (finance) to work out a "special audit system".
He reiterated that the rural development department would now transfer funds to panchayats through a central banking system and also seek the utilisation certificates within one week of withdrawal of funds.