Sukhbir launches Rs 227-cr projects in Faridkot
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal laid foundation stones of development works worth Rs 227 crore in Faridkot. Work on sewerage systems at Jaitu, Kotkapura and Faridkot was also launched. The foundation stone of a new bus stand and a child and mother-care centre was also launched.punjab Updated: Feb 26, 2014 20:09 IST
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal laid foundation stones of development works worth Rs 227 crore in Faridkot.
Work on sewerage systems at Jaitu, Kotkapura and Faridkot was also launched.
The foundation stone of a new bus stand and a child and mother-care centre was also launched.
"The SAD-BJP government is working on the development of the state. The Congress harps on the poor fiscal state which is all lies," he said, addressing a gathering at Kotkapura.
"We have earmarked more than Rs 15,000 crore to four-lane or six-lane roads across the state," he added.
"We have launched a new scheme, Rahat, to end harassment of traders. We will also provide insurance schemes providing cover of between Rs 50,000 and Rs 5 lakh in case of, ailment, death and loss of the shop."
He added that a decision had been taken that if a sealed sample of the product like a pesticide or insecticide failed quality checks, the maker would be held liable and not the dealer.
He added that the government was computerising records of all the offices, which would be completed in the next six months. Soon, 144 services will be under the purview of the Right to Service Act.
Speaking about the UPA government at the Centre, Sukhbir said, "Only Narendra Modi can change the fate of the country. The UPA regime has been a failure. The Congress has never won in a state again where it has lost twice."
Expresses ignorance of move to purchase new cars for ministers
Even as the state transport department has moved a file for the purchase of as many 131 luxury vehicles for the cabinet ministers and chief parliamentary secretaries, the deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has expressed ignorance.
At a foundation-stone laying ceremony of a multi-storey housing project of Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority, he claimed that the matter was under another department's purview and he would be unable to comment.
However, state transport commissioner Prithi Chand told HT over phone that the file for the purchase of 131 new cars had been moved and the finance department would now be taking a call on it.
Reportedly, more than Rs 13.5 crore have been sanctioned for new cars meant for the chief minister, the deputy chief minister, cabinet ministers and chief parliamentary secretaries.
He added that party candidates for the remaining Lok Sabha seats would also be announced soon and that the party was united over the issue.
The deputy CM also laid the foundation stone of a dairy-feed project of Cargill in the industrial area. He claimed that that a railway-over-bridge to be constructed at a cost of over Rs 40 crore on the Bathinda-Malout road had also been sanctioned.
The deputy CM lambasted the Third Front, being formed by 11 political parties, and claimed that the front had no future as these parties were only joining hands for gaining political mileage.
First Published: Feb 26, 2014 20:06 IST