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Rs-10,000-cr plan for village upgrade

punjab Updated: Sep 18, 2012 19:56 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar
Raghbir Singh Brar
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The state government plans to invest more than Rs 10,000 crore in upgrading the basic infrastructure in rural areas. It intends to spend Rs 100 crore in each assembly constituency over the next four years.

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday shared the plan with people at the Guri Ki Dhab Jor Mela rally here of his party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). "With surplus electricity available by next year, the linking of all major cities and towns with four- and six-lane highways will be possible," he said. "We'll also be able to create textile hub in Bathinda region, world-class universities and better educational facilities, and international and domestic airports."

'Ranike not guilty until proved'

Reacting to a media question on the resignation of Gulzar Singh Ranike as animal husbandry minister in the funds embezzlement scam in the Attari segment, he said no one could be held guilty until proved. "The ministers resigned immediately when a question was raised," he said. "Our investigation is on, and we'll not spare anyone found guilty."

On another query about the Centre's foreign direct investment (FDI) plan, the deputy CM said there were many stakeholders in the issue. "The union government should settle everyone's apprehensions first," he said. "It should safeguard the interests of small traders and farmers."

Replying to another query, the deputy CM said the resignations of three state ministers was a clear example that the SAD was committed to value-based politics. "The union coal minister, who belongs to the Congress and facing the stigma of allocating a mine to his brother, on the other hand, is still not ready to resign," he said.

'Manpreet, Capt spent forces'

He said that there was no place for indiscipline and factionalism in the SAD, and served a stern warning to dissidents. Replying on a question of possible alliance between his strong rivals captain Amarinder Singh of the Congress and Manpreet Singh Badal of the People's Party of Punjab, the deputy CM said both were spent forces desperate to find their feet again in state politics. "Zero plus zero is equal to a big zero," he said.

Congress Party was all set to wipe out from the National political scenario after coming general elections as it has made the life of a common man miserable by imposing unparalleled inflation besides its anti-farmer policies.

While addressing a gathering at annual Jor Mela Conference here today, Sukhbir said that people were itching their hands to bundle out Congress led UPA government in coming Lok Sabha elections. He said that Congress has a unique history that wherever it was rejected twice by the electorates, it never made come back and quoted the examples of Bihar, Uttar Pardesh, Madhya Pardesh, Bengal and Gujarat.

"SAD is one of the oldest parties in the country which made a considerable contribution in freedom struggle and it has been continuously trying to make a lot of developmental work in the state while the congress had no single remarkable achievement to its credit, the deputy chief minister said.

Balwinder Singh Bhundar, MP, Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan, MP, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Cabinet Minister Punjab, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, Former Union Minister, Gurdev Singh Badal, Former Minister also spoke on the occasion.