With assembly elections hardly six months away, Punjab’s SAD-BJP government has decided to distribute utensils worth Rs 100 crore. Rural development and panchayats minister Sikander Singh Maluka said on Monday that the utensils would be distributed to panchayats (village councils), mahila mandals (women forums) and youth clubs.
Tendering process for the procurement of utensils is complete, the minister said. “The government will distribute them before the imposition of the election code,” Maluka said.
Assembly elections in the state are likely in February next year. The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance government, which has been in power since 2007, is trying to retain power in the face of an aggressive Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).