Bungling and wastage of foodgrains won't be tolerated: Harsimrat

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Nov 15, 2014 22:47 IST

Strict action would be taken against the employees and officials found bungling or wasting foodgrains. The government has zero tolerance towards any kind of lackadaisical attitude in this regard, said the Union minister for food processing industry Harsimrat Kaur Badal while talking to mediapersons during the sangat darshan programme held at the Field Hostel here on Saturday.

She said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had divided Food Corporation of India (FCI) into three parts to check foodgrains' wastage, storage and distribution. Acting on the similar lines, the ministry of food processing too would ensure that no grains go waste and farmers get due profit for their produce.

She added that Shatabdi train and flights would soon be started from here. She added that the government was holding talks with private airlines and flights would soon begin from the Bathinda airport.

During the sangat darshan programme, she monitored developmental works of villages of Dhan Singh Khana, Jangirana, Baho Yatri, Loolbai, Faridkot Kotli, Chak Kharak Singh Wala (Doomwali), Nar Singh Wala, Kaljharani and other villages. She asked officials to make sure that villagers did not face any kind of problem.

Addressing people of Maan village, the MP stressed upon the need to bring qualitative change in the thinking process. She said that the government was doing infrastructural development, but the real development could only be achieved if it would be accompanied by social development.

She said that villagers needed to give up the belief that it was the government that was responsible for everything and they were only beneficiaries. "The Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana is an effort in that direction. It aims at empowering villagers and providing them with opportunities to implement these choices," she added.

She said that under this scheme, a number of groups comprising people of different age groups and sections of society would be formed to implement various government plans.

She said that the government would take all the decisions regarding developing health facilities, skill development, organic farming, village bazaars etc in the village with the support of villagers. "I am confident that our villagers have the ability to outline their own destiny through their own entrepreneurial skills and hard work", she added.

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