Captain Amarinder announces Rs 1,000 crore for development projects in Patiala
It also includes issuance of 84,000 new job cards in the district under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemepunjab Updated: Nov 03, 2017 21:29 IST
Ending a decade-long drought of funds and projects in the city, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced Rs 1,000 crore for development projects, including a canal-based drinking water supply scheme at a cost of Rs 782 crore for Patiala, in addition to issuance of 84,000 new job cards in the district under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
Projects ranging from provision of civic amenities, setting up of a sports university, upgrading of Rajindra Medical College and Hospital, repair of roads, a township to be set up by Japan at Rajpura, construction of overbridges and tubewells, were announced by the CM, who was flanked by Cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra, Navjot Sidhu, Sadhu Singh Dharmsot, and former Union minister Preneet Kaur on the stage.
“It’s just a beginning. Patiala was ignored by the past regime. We will again develop Patiala as the best city of Punjab”, said the CM stressing that the city will survive only if the employment opportunities and industry will increase.
He said that he could not announce a project during the past eight months, because of huge fiscal and revenue deficit inherited by his government from the previous regime.
The CM said that Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) had set up a 13-member committee to identify areas of investment and industrial development in Punjab and added that the business tycoon discussed the same at their meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday. The CM also unveiled plans by industry for the development of Bathinda refinery downstream clusters as well as Japan’s interest in setting up a township in Rajpura.
The previous government had adopted a vindictive approach and had completely ignored Patiala’s concerns and welfare since it was his constituency, said Captain Amarinder, adding that, in contrast, the Congress government was working on the development of all regions of the state from a fair and neutral perspective, keeping their respective needs in view.
Health minister Brahm Mohindra said Patiala had been discriminated against for 10 years by the Badals, who diverted all funds to Bathinda and ruined this region.
Describing Patiala as his birthplace, local bodies and tourism minister Navjot Sidhu said Captain Amarinder had always been concerned about the development of Patiala and, with the removal of the ‘jija-saala’ (Sukhbir Singh Badal-Bikram Singh Majithia) duo, the region would witness unprecedented development, with the canal water for drinking supply to be one of the biggest achievements.
What had not happened in 50 years will happen now in just 5 years, said Sidhu, pointing to various accomplishments of the Captain Amarinder Singh government, including 50% reservation for women in urban local bodies.