Pakistan PM's ancestral village in Punjab awaits development
On request of the SAD government, on December 15, 2013, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, brother of the Pak PM ad chief minister of West Punjab, among his family members visited their ancestral village. The Sharif family had lived here till 1932 and had migrated to Amritsar and later to Lahore.punjab Updated: Jun 29, 2017 09:56 IST
More than three-and-half-years back, the former Badal government had announced to make ‘Jati Umra’, the ancestral village of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, 30km from Tarn Taran, a model village in Punjab, with world-class high school and gymnasium.
But the village is still waiting for the school, gymnasium and completion of other development works that were to be done with the sanctioned amount of Rs 2.52 crore. The villagers are appealing to the current government to look into it.
Owing to government’s apathy, the development works are goping on at snail’s pace. Construction work of 70 toilets, a boundary wall of the cremation ground and sheds on carcass ground of the village have not started yet.
On request of the SAD government, on December 15, 2013, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, brother of the Pak PM ad chief minister of West Punjab, among his family members visited their ancestral village. The Sharif family had lived here till 1932 and had migrated to Amritsar and later to Lahore.
“Parkash Singh Badal gave a cheque worth Rs 2.52 crore during the visit of Shahbaz Shariff with a commitment to complete the development work at the earliest. But till date, the work is incomplete,” said Harjinder Singh, resident of Jati Umra.
“For the constructions of 70 toilets, boundary wall of cremation ground and sheds on carcass ground, we have not received sanctions. As soon as we receive funds, the work will be completed,” said Karanbir Singh Chahal , Xen panchayti raj.
“Our village has been developed. Sewerage and water supply is connected to every household. But the construction of a world-class high school is still a dream for us,” said sarpanch Dilbag Singh.
“The office have not sent any proposal in this regard. I am not aware of any school construction there,” said district education officer (secondary) Paramjit Singh.
The then deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had also announced to construct a world-class gymnasium for the villagers but till now, the gymnasium work has not been started.