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Development should be beyond partisan agenda: Manish Tewari

punjab Updated: Dec 27, 2013 18:26 IST
HT Correspondent

Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari on Friday said development agenda must be beyond partisan considerations.

He said he had ensured that no area was left out while sanctioning the grant from his discretionary funds during the last five years irrespective of who had represented it in the assembly, municipal corporation or the panchayats.

Addressing a public function at a local gaushala (cow shelter), Tewari said people's representatives and government belongs to everybody and not to a particular party.

Responding to the demand of the people of Jagraon, he had sanctioned Rs 51 lakh for fire-brigade vehicle in Jagraon a few years ago. However, he regretted that the local nagar council authorities and other officials declined to use the money in apprehension that he as a Congress MP might get advantage.

The minister added that it was the negative attitude of the ruling Akali-BJP alliance, which had pushed the state towards an economic disaster. He said instead of accepting the money provided by him, the nagar council had taken a loan for arranging a fire tender.

However, Tewari said the money was still lying in MP's account and urged the people of Jagraon to build pressure against the nagar council officials to use that money for buying a fire tender, which could be used in case of an emergency.

The minister also applauded the efforts of the gaushala management in providing shelter to cows.
The gaushala management bought a vehicle for transporting cows to the gaushala from the funds provided by the MP as there were no arrangements made for the same.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included former minister Isher Singh Meharban, district Congress committee president Pawan Dewan and other senior party functionaries.