Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 29th December, 2008 :Shiromani Akali Dal President and Member parliament S. Sukhbir Singh Badal announced at Bathinda Monday that SAD-BJP government is going to setup Rs. 400 crore fund to provide every basic infrastructure and facilities in remote area schools of villages and cities for giving better education to underprivileged students.
He added that proper education to these students was needed most as they were only ray of hope for their financially weak parents. He said that SAD-BJP government is committed to full-fill dreams of these parents.Badal said that this fund will be used to avail books and sports infrastructure beside other necessities to underprivileged.
Endeavor to make state power surplus, young leader Sukhbir Singh Badal said that government is increasing distribution capacity besides boosting the power production. Talking to media persons after laying foundation stone of 66 KV sub-station at village Jhanduke, Badal told that 19 power grids were completed till November and 11 others will be completed till March 2009. He said that Rs. 250 Crore had been invested till now in this project and Rs 200 crore will be invested in this financial year. He informed that construction work on 70 power grids is in progress.
Badal said that new power grids will help in reducing burden from previous ones and thus help in helps in reducing power loss. He said that at present total power loss in state is 3.5 percent and to reduce it all the 33KV power grids of the state will be upgraded to 66KV in a year. He said that proper distribution will not only help in providing new tube well connections to farmers but also provide sufficient power to install new industries in cities and towns. He calls people of the state for saving power to contribute in development of state and suggests to give CFL lights as new year gifts to their dear ones.
Here, Chief Engineer (Sub-stations) H. S. Nagpal told that Board is aiming at completing 30 new power grids in the state as compared to 18 power grids per year in last one decade. He said that keeping in view the initiative taken by present government to increase power production, five new 400KV substations will be setup in the state. He said that the capacity of 20 sub-stations was enhanced this year which helps in increasing 867.50 MVA (Mega Volt Ampere). He informed that Board had adopted 3 villages of Bathinda district to replace ordinary bulbs with CFL and five more villages will be adopted soon for the purpose. He said that Board is planning to apply this scheme in other villages of the state.
During third day of Malwa visit,Badal today initiated development works worth Rs. 55 Crore in various villages of Bathinda and Mansa district. He was accompanied by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Jagdeep Singh Nakai, Chairman Bathinda district planning board Sikander Singh Maluka, Member electricity board Transmission Engineer S. C. Sabharwal and Chief Engineer (Distribution Western Zone) Ravinder Singh.