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Ministers owe us `31 lakh, allege Surjit Hockey Society members

Sanjeev Bhalla, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, September 16, 2013
First Published: 19:03 IST(16/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:04 IST(16/9/2013)

Various ministers and other political bigwigs in the state together owe more than `31 lakh to the local Surjit Hockey Society, members of the registered society have alleged.

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Sources alleged that these 'benefactors' attended various events and announced financial help to the society, but later did not keep their promises.

In a recent executive meeting of the society, a five-member committee was formed to take up the matter with the concerned ministers and to get the promised amounts released at the earliest.

Working president of the society LR Nayyar said, “We have formed a five-member team, including Surinder Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Ram Partap, Tarsem Pawar and Narinderpal Singh, to contact the ministers and get the funds released,” adding that only finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa had kept his promise by actually giving the `2 lakh he had announced during the 2012 edition of the Surjit Memorial Hockey Tournament.

“All other announcements have been only announcements so far,” he alleged.

“Looking at the larger interests of the sport, we have decided to take action. The released funds would also help us organise the next edition of the tournament more efficiently,” he added.

The society alleged that in 2011, the miniters had promised nearly `16 lakh, and in 2012, the amounts pending totalled almost `15 lakh.

Ministers who allegedly forgot to keep their word include local bodies minister Chunni Lal Bhagat (`2 lakh in 2011 and `5lakh in 2012); jail, tourism and cultural affairs minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur (`2 lakh in 2012); revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia (`3 lakh in 2012); and transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar (`1 lakh in 2012).

Other 'defaulters' include Chabbewal MLA Sohan Singh Thandal (`2 lakh each in 2011 and 2012); Jalandhar north MLA KD Bhandari (`1 lakh); Adampur MLA Pawan Kumar Tinnu (`2 lakh in 2012); and political advisor to chief minister Tikshan Sood (`11 lakh in 2011).

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