Kandi Sangharsh Committee accuses MLA Josh of shifting projects

  • HT Correspondent, None, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2014 21:25 IST

The Kandi Sangharsh Committee has accused Sham Churasi MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Mohinder Kaur Josh of sabotaging a proposal to establish educational institutions in the area.

Committee members Hari Narayan, Ram Pal, Yuvraj Thakur and Joginder Thakur said the government had first allotted an industrial training institute (ITI) and recently a government college for Dholbaha but the MLA got both these project shifted to Phambran, her paternal village.

Josh has denied the allegations.

They further claimed that the government had proposed an ITI for Dholbaha in 2011 under the National Skill Development Scheme for which the panchayat transferred four acres of land to the technical education department. But a few months later it was informed that the project had been shifted to Phambran, they added.

"In 2013, we were promised a government college for which the panchayat again committed to provide 10 acres of land to the education department. The PWD demarcated the land but ago we were told two weeks that the college will come up in Phambran instead Dholbaha," said sarpanch Ram Pal.

He said the villagers had been deceived twice.

Josh denied the allegations stating it was a mere co-incidence that the village selected for the educational institution belonged to her. She said the decision was taken by the department concerned and she had nothing to do with it.

The villagers said it was unfair to open the college at a place which already had access to many other colleges in the periphery whereas there was no higher educational institution within 30 kilometres of Dholbaha which was also devoid of adequate transportation facilities. They threatened to start an agitation if the government failed to open either an ITI or government college at Dholwaha.

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