Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal seems to be following the footsteps of his father Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal when it comes to distribution of funds available under discretionary funds.
While Badal had spent his 90 per cent of his discretionary funds at his home district of Mukatsar,Sukhbir has also spent all of his discretionary funds in two districts while 74 per cent was spent in Bathinda represented by his wife and MP Harsimrat Badal,23 per cent was spent in Muktsar,his home district. This,according to information procured under RTI Act by Human Empowerment League Punjab (HELP) activist Parvinder Singh Kitna from the state government.
According to the reply by the government,in 2010-11 and 2011-12,Sukhbir had spent Rs 7.37 crore out of the Rs 10 crore under his discretionary fund. He spent Rs 1.15 crore in Muktsar of his Rs 5-crore discretionary fund in 2011-12. In 2012-13,Rs 3 crore was available with Sukhbir. Out of this,he had spent Rs 52 lakh in Bathinda till March 14 and Rs 10 lakh in a village of Nawanshahr. Since 2007,when the SAD-BJP government came to power,the CM had used over 70 per cent of his discretionary funds in his home district. Since 2011-12,the percentage of this fund used in his home town has gone up by 90 per cent.