Even two and a half years after the newly constructed girls' college at Jalalabad, the constituency represented by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was inaugurated, it has failed to start functioning as the authorities have not appointed the staff.
During the by-poll campaign at Jalalabad in 2009, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, while seeking votes for her husband, Sukhbir, had assured people to facilitate higher education for the youth, especially girls. After Sukhbir's victory, the construction of the college started.
Earlier, a sum of Rs 8 crore was allocated for the college, but later it was increased to Rs 13 crore to introduce arts, science and commerce streams for girls of the vicinity, who otherwise have to travel to Fazilka, Faridkot or Ferozepur to receive higher education.
Harsimrat inaugurated the college building on December 5, 2011 before the assembly polls in the state, which gave hope to girls that they would be able to get higher education at their doorstep. But the college has not started functioning as the staff has not been appointed.
Congress leader Hans Raj Josan, who contested against Sukhbir from Jalalabad in the last two polls, said it being a remote and backward area, majority of the parents denied higher education to girls.
He said Sukhbir had promised people to provide higher education to girls, so he should keep his word and ensure the functioning of the college.
Meanwhile, due to the construction of the building of local government girls' school, the classes have been shifted to the college campus as a temporary arrangement.
Fazilka deputy commissioner Basant Garg said the process to appoint the staff besides facilitating other infrastructure had almost been completed and the college would start functioning from the current academic session.