State in good financial health, claims Majithia | punjab$amritsar | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Jul 24, 2017-Monday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

State in good financial health, claims Majithia

Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday claimed that the financial health of the state is good and it is just the opposition parties that want to project a bad picture to people.

punjab Updated: Feb 19, 2016 17:36 IST
HT Correspondents

Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday claimed that the financial health of the state is good and it is just the opposition parties that want to project a bad picture to people.

He said this while distributing pensions to the beneficiaries of old-age pension.

Speaking on the occasion, Majithia said Punjab is the only state in the country that would distribute Rs 86.25 crore to more than 17 lakh beneficiaries in a single day every month. He said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has set aside a corpus of ` 1000 crore for the old-age pension scheme so that there should not be any disruption in the payment of pensions to the elderly.

The minister accused the opposition parties of spreading lies about the financial situation of Punjab. He said they were doing disservice to their own state by scaring away investors.

Majithia said the state exchequer was full of funds and the Punjab government has already expedited development works running into thousands of crores.

Describing the Khadoor Sahib bypoll results a befitting reply to the opponents, Majithia said it was just a beginning. He said the Congress and the AAP build castles in the air.

“A recent survey on road infrastructure in the country was an apparent example of development in which Punjab ranked second after Kerala,” he added.

Majit hi a distributed enhanced pensions to 50 beneficiaries during the function. He also announced that now sarpanches in the villages would distribute the pensions to beneficiaries and the amounts would be directly transacted to the accounts of panchayats.

Rs 6.27 crore would be disbursed to more than 1.25 lakh beneficiaries every month in Amritsar

district, he said.

MEET OFFICIALS IF NEED HELP, SAYS ANIL JOSHI PATHANKOT:

Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi on Thursday asked the old-age pension beneficiaries to meet the officials concerned if they were not getting their dues due to “technical glitches” and sort out the matter.

Addressing a state- level pension programme here, the minister said the officials concerned have been directed to help those who need their help by all means.

He said the state government had announced to double the pension from Rs 250 to Rs 500 and the amount was being transferred to the departments concerned

He said nearly 17 lakh people are benefitting from this in the state and Rs 84.25 crore was being spent every month for this. He said work on pending road projects will be started soon in the district.

MLA Ashwani Sharma claimed that the auditorium of Gover nment College, Pathankot, was near complete and classes would start in the coming session. Later, Joshi also heard the grievances of local residents and asked the officials to resolve the same.