Finding that the funds received under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) are not enough for the development projects in the constituency, Aam Aadmi Party MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann is now planning to seek the help of union ministries and the World Bank to bring more funds for developmental projects in his constituency.
Though, the construction of the satellite centre of the PGI, Chandigarh, was underway, but the MP was of the view that Sangrur needed more hospitals, schools and sports stadiums as the district has
remained neglected in the past.
"Fight against cancer, lack of safe drinking water, toilets, schools, hospitals and rising unemployment are the biggest challenges for the people of Sangrur and the entire state, the MPLADS alone cannot help to deal with these big problems, now I am seeking the help of different ministries of the union government for more funds," said Bhagwant Mann while talking to Hindustan Times.
"I have requested the deputy commissioner to prepare a project for roads, drinking water and cancer patients so that we could take help of the World Bank for the developmental projects for the district", he said, adding, "Earlier also, several projects had been approved by the World Bank for Punjab."
When asked about the funds of MPLADS, he said, "Every year an MP gets only `5 crore for developmental works, but it is not enough to solve all the problems of the people of Sangrur, who had been neglected by the past governments.
"Though, I have got the first installment of `2.5 crore of my MPLAD funds, which I have decided to spend on installing RO systems in villages and providing sports kits to youths, who have talent. The issue of rising number of cancer patients was very serious, I have decided to take up this issue with union health minister Dr Harash Vardhan and I hope, we will get a positive response," he added.
When contacted, Sangrur deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind said, "We welcome developmental projects from any agency like the World Bank for the development and welfare of the people."
"Before preparing a proposal for such a project for Sangrur, I would first study whether these agencies could spend on such projects, then I could say anything," he added.