Bathinda: Union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone of a cattle pound in Harraipur village on Tuesday.
Later, the Union minister also distributed loan cheques to 919 beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Bank Scheme to the tune of Rs 3.33 crore.
The cattle pound will come up in 15 acres of land, while Rs 4 crore will be spent on it. The project includes 12 sheds and, by the year-end, the pound will be able to support 300 to 400 cattle heads, while more will be added gradually as the building comes up.
Reiterating the riparian rights of the state on the rivers, Harsimrat said the state did not have any extra water for anybody else. She added that the state could not compromise with the irrigation needs of its own farmers.
Taking a dig on the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), she said that the two parties are too engrossed in their own matters that they had not time to work for betterment of the people of the state.
“Congress member of Parliament Captain Amarinder Singh has neither done anything for his constituency nor has ever represented his area in Parliament”, she said.
“The schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana, Mudra Bank et al are aimed at the inclusion of common and poor man in the financial set-up of the country. Under these schemes, every household in the country will soon have a bank account and become part of the overall development of the country,” she said.
Chief parliamentary secretary Sarup Chand Singla, MLA Darshan Singh Kotfatta, deputy commissioner Basant Garg, SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, BJP city president Mohit Gupta were present on the occasion.