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Tewari wakes up to city’s water woes,disburses Rs 1.24 crore

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Saturday disbursed a grant of Rs 1.24 crore from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund to set up eight tubewells at various wards of the city.

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Saturday disbursed a grant of Rs 1.24 crore from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund to set up eight tubewells at various wards of the city. He called upon the persons concerned to utilise the amount with transparency and accountability and directed that the tubewells be commissioned within two months.

Addressing public meetings in Ludhiana on Saturday,Tewari expressed concern over non-availability of clean drinking water in the state.

Claiming that the UPA government was committed to provide safe and clean drinking water to the city residents,Tewari said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi,Centre’s next step will be to provide clean water to all the citizens of the country.

“The amount for the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water and Sanitation Mission has been increased manifold. Under the 12th Five Year Plan,Rs 1,07,015 crore has been earmarked for this mission. The Central government has adopted rights-based approach for the welfare of people. After the Right to Information and Right to Education and Right to Employment Acts,people are being empowered with Right to Food Act. With the implementation of the Food Security Ordinance,over 81 crore eligible citizens will be entitled to rice,wheat and coarse grain at a nominal price of Rs 3,2 and 1,respectively,” he added.

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He also said that the uniform approach was vital for the overall development,but Punjab was lagging behind due to the discriminating approach of the Akali-BJP government. “The condition of Ludhiana has gone from bad to worse,as the Municipal Corporation has no funds for the development of the city and the corporation has failed to provide basic amenities to people.

DCC (U) chief Pawan Dewan,MC Opposition Leader Hemraj Aggarwal,Gurmel Singh Pehlwan,Councillors Varinder Sehgal,Prof Harjinder Pal Singh Lali,Sanjay Sharma,Sabi Toor,Dushyant Pandey,Jaimal Singh Chauhan,Niranjan Singh Toor,Sanjay Sharma and Kanwardeep Papi were also present.

First published on: 28-07-2013 at 04:42 IST
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