A government-run industrial training institute (ITI) in Muktsar town has failed to get funds from the state for the past several years to construct its own building. As there is no building, funds to the tune of Rs. 62 lakh out of a total grant of Rs. 2.5 crore provided by the Centre for the purpose of renovation is of no use.
Now, the institute is being run from a small rented house at a monthly rent of Rs. 21,000.
It was reportedly provided with 14 acres of land by the panchayat of Kotli Devan village two decades earlier, 5 km from the city on Guru Har Sahai road but the deal was not executed on paper and later the panchayat backtracked from its 'promise'.
Ironically, the government had started construction on the land in 1992. Pillars had been constructed besides a boundary wall around 14 acres of land.
"But later the panchayat stopped the construction work and now most of the iron bars from the pillars have been cut and stolen," a local claimed.
The ITI again got 4-acre land at Chack Badhai village on Muktsar-Jalalabad road, which is 12 km from the town but failed to get any funds.
As per sources, the 4-acre land has been transferred in the name of the industries department, but the state government has allegedly expressed its inability to provide any funds for the construction of the building, which was supposed to come up at Chack Badhai village.
"The building can be constructed easily at Kotli Devan village where the pillars and the boundary wall have already been erected. It will be more convenient for students as the ITI will be near to the town. But the matter needs to be taken up with the panchayat seriously," said a source.
To construct a building at the new site more funds are required, which are not being made available by the state government. Besides, it is very far from the town.
There are over 100 students in ITI who have been enroled in electronics, Information Technology, computer science, embroidery, cutting and tailoring courses. Two more trades of welder and plumber may be started if the institute gets its own building.
"The lack of building is a big problem for us and we are hopeful that the government would look into the matter," said Resham Singh, principal of the government ITI, Muktsar. Even a small piece of land can also serve the purpose at the old site, he added.
Muktsar deputy commissioner Paramjeet Singh could not be contacted despite repeated calls on his mobile phone.