Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and member of Parliament (MP) from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann on Thursday decided to adopt Benra village of Dhuri assembly segment under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna launched by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.
Congress member of legislative assembly (MLA) Arvind Khanna represents the Dhuri segment.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Mann, who had earlier criticised the PM's initiative, said it would take several decades for the government to upgrade the villages in the country.
He said: "We have decided to adopt Benra village, which houses around 5,000 persons. All basic facilities will be provided to the residents. There will be a special focus on the provision of drinking water, streetlights, and upgrade of the Government Senior Secondary School in the village."
The MP further said: "I have spoken to Sangrur deputy commissioner Harshdeep Singh regarding the project. Funds from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) will be used for this project."
Mann said he would spend Rs 20 lakh from the first installment of Rs 2.5 crore that he had received under the MPLADS on the renovation of the government school in Sherpur village in the district.
He said: "In December last year, finance minister Parminder Dhindsa had announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh for the renovation of 27 classrooms in this school. But we never received the grant. So, I have decided to complete this project using the funds from MPLADS."
Mann further said that they had decided to purchase five ambulances and two mobile dispensaries to provide medical facilities to the people of Sangrur.
The MP also said Rs 50 lakh would be spent on the renovation of bus stands and libraries in the district."
When asked if the MPLADS funds would be sufficient to complete the projects, he said: " Rs 5 crore per year is a huge amount. I will, nevertheless, request the union government to provide more funds."
Mann was in Sangrur to discuss civic issues with residents on Monday.