Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation will not recover loan from the legal heirs of the deceased scheduled castes (SCs) beneficiaries who had taken the money.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal announced in the assembly the decision to waive recovery of the loan from the legal heirs of the deceased SC beneficiaries following a demand from the SC MLAs.
Earlier, SAD MLA Nirmal Singh had moved a calling-attention motion to draw the attention of the minister for welfare of scheduled castes and backward classes to the recovery of loan in question.
A Congress MLA pointed out that of the 34 SC MLAs in the Assembly, 24 were in the ruling party and demanded that the loan should not be recovered from the legal heirs.
The chief minister made an impromptu announcement that the government would waive the recovery of the loan.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal accepted that the security personnel deployed with the VIPs didn't have access to basic facilities like sitting arrangement and potable water while accompanying the VIPs on official duty.
Replying to a question by SAD MLA Pargat Singh, the deputy CM said suitable instructions had been issued on October 26 by the home department to all districts to provide basic facilities to the security personnel deployed with the VVIPs.
The SAD-BJP MLAs put PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon in a tight spot over four-laning of the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road. The minister said the road was being four-laned from Ludhiana to Talwandi Bhai. "By March 2014, the work will be completed by the NHAI as the tenders are going to be floated soon," Dhillon said. This enraged the SAD legislators such as Tota Singh, who questioned the veracity of the statement of the minister.
"The work isn't in progress. How can the work be completed by March?" Tota Singh questioned. The minister replied in a feeble voice that the NHAI had given this assurance.
Jibe of the day
"Kaya hua tera wada…" Congress Legislature Party leader Sunil Jakhar said this while reminding the SAD-BJP government of its "failure" to clear the backlog of the Shagun scheme. During the question hour, Jakhar raised the point that while the SAD had promised to give Rs. 31,000 under the scheme, it was finding it difficult to release even Rs. 15,000.
Rescue operation of the day
In a deft move, speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal saved Surjit Kumar Jyani, health and family welfare minister, from falling into a trap and facing an awkward position.
Manpreet Singh Ayali wanted to know the number of sanctioned posts of doctors and para-medical staff in various government health institutes.
Before the minister could reply, the speaker advised the BJP minister to re-check the facts and reply later "so that your position doesn't become awkward". The minister heaved a sigh of relief.
Crossfire of the day
SAD MLA Nirmal Singh used to the hilt 'congress grass', a weed, to take potshots at the opposition Congress. He said the congress grass was growing in abundance in the vacant land of Uchha Pind Sanghol in Fatehgarh Sahib district, causing ailments to people. Congress MLAs took exception to this. But the SAD MLA put his foot down. "Tell me the substitute word," he demanded, saying, "The weed is known as congress grass and chitti topi wala ghas."
Exception of the day
Apparently as part of their floor strategy, the treasury benches and speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal walked an extra mile to keep the Congress in good mood. At one point, the speaker appeared to have accepted every demand of the Congress. At this, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal got up to say: "Now it seems Chaudhary sahib (Sunil Jakhar) has also become the speaker apart from the CLP leader."