During his seven-day sangat darshan programme in poll-bound Dhuri constituency, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal doled out more than Rs 71 crore for the area.
The by-election was necessitated after Congress MLA Arvind Khanna’s resignation.
The funds include Rs 35 crore for making irrigation channels pucca in this constituency, sanctioned by the Centre recently. A total of Rs 900 crore has been sanctioned by the Centre for the whole state and the Badal government is making optimum utilisation of this fund for Dhuri, making announcements of this central grant in each village separately, apart from the other development works.
Not only this, the work has also been started in 60 villages where sangat darshan concluded last week and the 15 villages which were covered yesterday will get funds in the coming week, confirmed Deputy Commissioner Aarshdeep Singh Thind.
He added,” we will be getting boards displayed in all villages that will show the categories under which the funds have been sanctioned. This will ensure transparency.”
Meanwhile, Badal had visited each and every village of this constituency. And interestingly, though it is Badal’s fifth term as the CM, he visited all these villages for the first time.
According to information, out of the sanctioned funds, Rs 10 crore was meant for Dhuri urban development works, while the rest was for rural sector. Nearly Rs 4 crore was earmarked for dharmshalas, cremation grounds and dispensary buildings in villages, while Rs 9 crore was for sewer works. As sports wings were asked to submit their demands, Badal sanctioned Rs 3.74 crore for different works in the village stadiums, including repair of stadium, construction of a room for gym or purchase of gym kits. Rs 60 lakh was sanctioned for making toilets in the houses of BPL families as per the records, while Rs 65 lakh was for Muslim graveyards.
During fund distribution, main focus was on Dalits, followed by sports wings and later general development works.