Sarpanch cries foul over withholding of project fund cheques

  • Kamaldeep Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Muktsar
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2014 00:52 IST

The Akali sarpanch of the Dhulkot village Surjit Singh has lodged a complaint with the deputy commissioner alleging that the cheques worth Rs 12 lakh, granted by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during his Sangat Darshan programme during January, have been in the possession of SAD halqa in-charge, Gidderbaha, Hardeep Singh Dimpy.

The sarpanch further alleged that Dimpy was deliberately withholding the cheques and not passing them over to him till he (Surjit) joined the Dimpy group within the SAD.

He alleged that Dimpy was trying to pressurise him to join his group and was, therefore, not releasing the cheques.

Since the cheques have not been released the development works have been delayed, the sarpanch said.

The authorities concerned have been taking the shelter of the election code of conduct to act on the complaint of the sarpanch.

The sarpanch has also mentioned the cheque numbers and date of their issuing in his complaint.
Gidderbaha is the only constituency in the state after Lambi where the chief minister used to visit every single village for a minimum three times in a year as part of his Sangat Darshan programme.

The CM had granted Rs 1.10 lakh for a community hall, Rs 5 lakh for a gym room, Rs 4.50 lakh for an Aanganwari centre during his Sangat Darshan programme in January. Member of Parliament Gulshan had also granted Rs 1.12 lakh. All cheques were allegedly issued during last month.

District development and panchayat officer (DDPO) Naval Kumar said, “If some cheques have been misplaced then we can issue these again only after the elections. The model code of conduct is in place and we cannot do much right now.”

However, the sarpanch said, “Authorities have been only making excuses. Cheques were issued before the code was implemented. All the projects for which money was released before the elections are running in full swing across the state. They are only working under pressure of Dimpy, who is not handing over the cheques ."

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