Stay vacated, govt to start allotting tubewell connections: Sukhbir

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Muktsar
  • Updated: Jul 21, 2015 19:58 IST

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Tuesday that the Punjab government would immediately start distribution of more than 80,000 tubewell connections to the farmers as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has vacated the stay on their allotment which had come into force one and a half years ago.

Sukhbir was speaking after laying the foundation stone to construct the concrete streets at Ratta Khera village of Lambi constituency on Tuesday.

The deputy chief minister hailed the decision of the NGT and said it would work as a booster to the farming community which was desperate to get power connections for irrigation purposes after Punjab had become the first power- surplus state in the country.

"Directions in this regard have been issued to officials of the PSPCL to immediately gear up the process to issue the demand notices to the applicants besides ensuring the adequate supply of transformers and wires etc. The whole process would be completed within six months," he added.

Announcing to recruit one lakh employees in different departments from September, the deputy chief minister said the Punjab government had instructed all the heads of departments, boards and corporations to submit details of existing vacancies till August.

Talking about the connectivity of all major cities of the state with 4/6 lanes, Badal said the tendering process was under progress and work in this regard would be initiated in next two months.

The deputy chief minister also elaborated the pro-people social security schemes like free electricity to the farming sector, shagun scheme, Atta dal, free education to girls and scholarships to meritorious students and old age pensions by his government.

The deputy chief minister has laid down foundation stones of various development projects worth Rs 99 crore to construct concrete streets in villages of Badal, Mann, Channu, Bhaghu, Baanwala, Sikhanwala, Roranwali, Tarmala, Dhani Telian , Bhullarwala, Fatta Kherra, Middu Khera, Lohara, Kilianwali, Singhewala, Mithri Budhgarh and Gaggarh of Lambi assembly segment.

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