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Tewari asks for white paper on Punjab’s economy

The state would have to face financial bankruptcy as it was currently unable even to pay salaries to its employees

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: September 2, 2013 5:37 am

Reiterating that the Punjab government should come up with a white paper on the state economy,Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari on Sunday said if no Central grant was given to Punjab,the state would have to face financial bankruptcy as it was currently unable even to pay salaries to its employees.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for upgrading two link roads in Dakha Assembly segment in the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna. He also laid the foundation stone of a link road between Sohian village to National Highway 95 and Braich to Dhollan being built at an estimated cost of Rs 1.6 crore and Rs 6.39 crore respectively.

Addressing public functions,Tewari said that the Union government allocated about Rs 800 crore to Rs 1,000 crore to Punjab per annum for various programmes such as rural development and MGNREGA to be spent through Zila Parishads. But the funds were not being properly utilised by the Zila Parishads. That is why no development was visible in the state.

He exhorted the people to exercise the Right to Information to ensure proper utilisation of funds for development.

The minister announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh each to the villages of Sohian and Dhollan.

‘Provide details of how you spent grants’

LUDHIANA: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has asked the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to furnish details of the expenditure of grants provided by him for various schemes under the MP’s local area development fund.

Responding to complaints by the local councillors that the MC was not spending the money on the designated projects like setting up of tubewells and was diverting it for other purposes,Tewari sought the details saying he would get the matter inquired if need be.

The minister,who represents Ludhiana parliamentary constituency,was addressing a public meeting in Ward 41 on Sunday after handing over a cheque for Rs 15 lakh for the setting up of a tubewell in the area which was a long-pending demand of the people here.

Tewari said he understood the financial problems faced by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as it was the first casualty of the financial crisis being faced by Punjab. However,that was no justification for the MC to divert the funds which were granted to it for a specific purpose.

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