Batala , March 1 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that the Punjab Government will announce major pro-people decisions in the coming budget. He also said this year would observed as development year and Rs. 25 crore would be released to each constituency for inclusive development.
Interacting with media persons during the sangat darshan here at Batala, Mr. Badal said the Punjab Government has fulfilled 95% of its promises made during in manifesto in 2012 and remaining would be fulfilled in the months to come. He said more than Rs. 20 thousand crore would be spent connecting all major cities with 4-6 lanes across the state.
He stressed that Punjab was the only state which was giving free power upto Rs. 5500 crore annually to farmers. Talking about the people friendly and pro poor schemes, he said the Shagun scheme, Atta Dal, free power to SC families, old age pensions are the key decisions of the Government. Mr. Badal has also informed that recruitment process for more than 1 lakh jobs is under process and all these vacancies would be filled in next 6 months.
In a major decision Deputy CM also said that the Punjab Government has decided to release grants to Mehla Mandals and youth clubs to empower the women and youth in the rural areas. In a major announcement Mr. Badal said that the Punjab Government would implement special policy for the revival of industry at Batala.
He also announced Rs. 150 crore for the sewerage and water supply in Batala city besides the creation of ADC post for the city. The Deputy Chief Minister also distributed more than Rs. 13 crore to 81 villages for development works. Besides that Rs. 12 crore was also announced as grants for the villages.
Replying to a question the Deputy Chief Minister said that the congress would be the only opponent in the next assembly elections. Terming the Mr. Arvind Kejriwal as a hollow leader, Mr. Badal said that "he is spending Rs. 552 crore on his personal propaganda which is a loot of public finances. Prominent among others present on the occasion included CPS Gurcharan Singh Babehali, former minister Jagdish Raj Sahni, IG lok Nath Angra.