Congress MLA from Gidderbaha, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring has launched a campaign to cover the foundation stones of development projects, which, he claimed, were running with the money sent by the central government but were inaugurated by the Akali leaders.
He put a black cover on one such foundation stone at Doda village where a local Akali leader had laid a stone to start repair work of a link road.
“The Punjab government has to spent `356 crore across the state on the repair of link roads. Out of this money, `286 crore has been sent by the Centre under the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) scheme. Hence around 80% of the money has been sent by the Centre and the state government has to contribute only 20%. Still Akalis have been laying foundation stones of such projects and claiming credit for the same,” alleged Raja Warring.
He added that, “I have launched this campaign to expose the Shiromani Akali Dal leaders. I have told party workers to cover all such foundation stone laid to carry out repairs of link roads in the villages so that people should know that the Centre has been sending the funds for these development projects.”
The Gidderbaha MLA added that he also opposes extravagance on laying foundation stones and then holding ceremonies.
“Public money is being wasted only to create an illusion in the mind of people that the Punjab government has been paying for all such development works, while it only pays a very small part of it,” said Raja Warring.