For bringing transparency in the distribution of wheat and pulses in Sahnewal constituency, Punjab irrigation minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon announced that village-level monitoring committees would be formed in all villages of his constituency on Tuesday.
He gave this statement during the sangat darshan programmes at different villages, including Kohara, Jandiali, Ramgarh, Mangli Neechi and Gobindgarh of Sahnewal constituency.
He said that now the ration depot holders would distribute wheat and pulses to the beneficiaries only in the presence of majority of monitoring committee members. He said that if the monitoring committee members were not present, the depot holder would not be able to distribute wheat and pulses. This decision has been welcomed by the villagers.
While addressing a gathering at Sahnewal constituency, Dhillon said that the SAD-BJP led Punjab government under the leadership of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has started several welfare schemes. He said that sometimes these schemes were not implemented at ground level properly due to which the beneficiaries suffered.
He said to keep a check on the distribution of wheat and pulses, village-level monitoring committees were being set up having at least five members each. The number of members could be more than five as well, he added.
The irrigation minister said that at the time of distribution of wheat and pulses, the Depot holder would ensure the presence of at least three members from the monitoring committee and if it is ignored, strict action would be taken against the area food inspector.
Dhillon said that wheat and pulses had been distributed in Sahnewal constituency till September 2015 and the distribution of next six months would also be done soon.
While speaking to mediapersons on the issue of Satluj Yamuna Link canal, the irrigation minister made sure that there was not even a single drop of extra water in Punjab. Punjab government’s stand on this issue was clear and the rights of farmers would be safeguarded at every cost, he added.
He also appealed to Congress and Aam Aadmi Party leaders that not to politicise the issue for their own petty gains and should instead support the Punjab government stand on this issue.