The Dhaul Kalan gram panchayat in the Amritsar parliamentary constituency has accorded its approval to the development plan for the village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).
Amritsar Member of Parliament (MP) Capt Amarinder Singh had chosen Dhaul Kalan village for development under the scheme — a brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had asked all MPs to choose a village from their respective constituencies for development.
The panchayat members led by sarpanch Dilraj Singh Sarkaria gave their approval to the plan during a meeting with the heads of various departments at the village on Saturday. The meeting was presided over by Amritsar deputy commissioner (DC) Ravi Bhagat.
The approved plan will now be sent to the union ministry for rural development through the Punjab government, while changes can be made in the plan in accordance with the rural development ministry.
“Under the scheme, all schemes of the central and state governments will be executed in Dhaul Kalan on priority basis and the funds for these schemes will be allocated by both the governments. The MP, too, can contribute from his Member Parliament’s Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund,” stated Bhagat, while addressing panchayat members and village residents.
Dept heads list out schemes
At the meeting, the heads of each state government department at the district-level listed out the schemes that will be implemented in the village and the availability of funds. It was only after the panchayat gave its nod, the scheme was approved by the district administration.
The agriculture department will be holding training camps for farmers from time-to-time in the village and will acquaint farmers with various agricultural practices such as seed treatment before sowing, amount of fertiliser to be used and judicious use of groundwater.
In fact, the department brought its soil testing mobile laboratory along and begun testing soil in various fields.
On the basis of the test reports, the department will be able to recommend the amount of fertiliser that a farmer should apply on a particular crop. The PM, too, had spoken about the need of soil testing and giving soil health cards to every farmer of the country. The farmers of Dhaul Kalan will also be given soil health cards.
On sarpanch’s suggestions, the administration asked the agriculture department to hire a laser leveller for the village. The leveller will help the farmers in leveling their land, which in turn will ensure uniform irrigation of a field and water saving.
The education department approved the panchayat’s demand for upgrading the village middle school to higher secondary level, the funds for which would be released by the state government, a department official informed the meeting.
Liberal assistance from banks will also be made available to those who wish to set-up high-tech diary farms. The veterinary department will be undertaking the vaccination of all milch cattle in the village for safeguarding the animals various types of diseases.
The health department, too, will be undertaking steps for vaccinating the children of the village. The PWD department officials informed the panchayat that the road linking the village to the Amritsar-Lopoke main road had been included under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
There were various other demands such as repair of village lanes and primary school buildings. All these were approved after prolonged discussions with the panchayat. The demand for streetlights was also approved.
The plan for laying sewerage and water supply lines was also approved, for which the village panchayat will deposit an amount of Rs 3.32 lakh as part of its share in the scheme.
While expressing satisfaction, sarpanch Sarkaria hoped that Dhaul Kalan would now come up as a model village, with all the necessary facilities.
“Captain sahib (Amarinder) has already promised to give us liberal grants from his MPLAD fund. We will be getting a sum of `5 lakh very soon after which we will put the plan into execution,” he added.