Nihal Singh Wala constituency will soon get development grants of Rs 24.25 crore under a scheme of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) as the district authorities have finally sent the proposal to the higher authorities for the same.
The development comes three days after the Hindustan Times raised the issue that development works in Nihal Singh Wala constituency are suffering in the absence of funds as the district authorities had failed to send the requisite proposal to the higher authorities due to political pressure.
Authorities of three adjacent constituencies, including Moga, Bagha Purana and Dharamkot, have already started development works in their constituencies after receiving grants.
Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-led government is showering doles in the whole state to garner public attention in view of the assembly polls to be held early next year, but Nihal Singh Wala constituency, represented by SAD MLA Rajwinder Kaur Bhagike, has not received funds as reportedly, the proposal was not forwarded to the higher authorities for approval even after being received by the district authorities.
Moreover, Nihal Singh Wala is the only constituency which has not received grants of Rs 2.96 crores funded by the 14th Finance Commission even as the amount was released to the gram panchayat after being received from the government and the cheque had been prepared by the Zila Parishad authorities. The remaining three constituencies received the same grant more than a month ago.
Sources said the authorities were being pressurised by some influential SAD leaders from Dharamkot for not sending the proposal of Nihal Singh Wala constituency reportedly due to some internal rift. The cheque of Finance Commission grant was also not handed over to the MLA.
Facing heat from her own party leaders, MLA Bhagike recently met deputy chief minister (CM) Sukhbir Singh Badal, reportedly to discuss the discrimination against the constituency due to interference by other party leaders.
However, Bhagike had denied any discrimination towards her constituency and said there were many other constituencies that had not received funds due to some problems.
When contacted, Chattarpal Singh, district development and panchayat officer (DDPO), said they had sent the proposal to the higher authorities.
“Nihal Singh Wala constituency is likely to receive grants within a week,” he added.