Amid all the protests going on against the massive tree cutting drive in Amritsar in the name of development, chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu has demanded back Rs 1 crore contributed by her husband and former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu to district administration for promoting 'greenery' in the city a few years ago.
Dr Sidhu, who has been criticising the government and local administration for blatant cutting of numerous trees to make way for developmental projects, said, "My husband gave `1 crore from his own pocket to promote green cover in Amritsar. But the way the state government is cutting trees in the name of development is pathetic.
What is the use of contributing money from one's own pocket, when even old trees are cut so mercilessly. I request the deputy commissioner to give back the hard-earned money of my husband".
Dr Sidhu, who has raised a strong voice against felling of trees in the city, said, "I had also written a letter to the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and demanded his immediate intervention to get this process stopped. But I am yet to receive an answer".
To a question, Dr Sidhu said, "At a time when we need green cover, Amritsar is facing massive felling of trees. I strongly say that the government and the local administration are responsible for this".
The authorities concerned must look for alternate ideas rather than going ahead with this mindless cutting of trees and spoiling the green cover, she added.
Several NGO's in the city and senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla have also been protesting against the tree cutting.