On his recent tour of Khadoor Sahib, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal pumped in Rs 34.25 crore over the 131 villages of the constituency in which a by-election is likely after the Congress MLA resigned over the desecration incidents in October.
Village gyms, community halls and cremation grounds in the constituency got susbtantial amount of money, but schools got nothing.
According to a final list of grants prepared by District Rural development and Panchyat office, Badal sanctioned Rs Rs 3.5 crore to construct rooms in village gyms, Rs 3.12 crore for renovation or construction of community halls for scheduled caste and backward classes, and Rs 2.1 crore for repairs or construction in village cremation grounds.
Another Rs 10 lakh will be spent on community halls under “general” category.
The CM gave Rs 8.51 crore for the construction of drains and streets in the villages of Khadoor Sahib.
Observing that a number of people lived in the ‘deras’, small settlements at some distance from the village, he doled out Rs 12.91 crore for construction of the brick roads to such isolated homes. This was the biggest allocation under any category.
Apart from this, Rs 3.9 crore will be spent on the demands of people that did not fall under any category.
The 200 schools of the constituency, however, did not get anything. Different panchyats had asked the Chief Minister to recruit teachers and upgrade the schools. The CM announced that he would sanction 15 rooms for some of the schools in constituency, but the two District Education Officers, for elementary and primary, said no such
grant had been made so far.
The Punjab Chief Minister had held a Sangat Darshan in the neighbourhood of the government school at Naurangabad village on his Khadoor Sahib tour last month.
The school, which has 275 students, has no science or social science teacher. Apart from seeking appointment of teachers, the school had some other demands too. None of the demands of school could be fulfilled.
There was no separate category of grants for schools. Dstrict Education officer (DEO), elementary, Paramjit Singh said there are 110 elementary schools in Khadoor Sahib constituency with 50 per cent shortage of teachers.
DEO(Primary) Jaspal Singh said 93 primary schools have been running with 45 per cent shortage of teachers.