Chandigarh, Feb 13 (PTI) A few ruling party MLAs including former minister Rana Gurjit Singh Wednesday put some tough questions to ministers in the House on issues concerning their assemblies.
On the second day of Punjab Assembly session, Congress MLA from Amloh, Randeep Singh Nabha, repeatedly sought from Industry minister Sham Sundar Arora the exact timeframe for releasing funds to set up steel chamber at Mandi Gobindgarh.
During Question Hour, Nabha pointed out that a sum of Rs 15 crore had been promised by the government for setting up steel chamber and industrial training institute. You give me the exact time frame for releasing the funds, Nabha asked him.
Arora, who was unable to give timeframe, replied that funds would be disbursed as soon as the proposal from the steel industry association was received but Nabha continuously asked him the same question.
After Speaker intervened, the industry minister said that funds would be released within six months.
Earlier, Congress MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh and Hardev Singh Laadi in a supplementary question asked Punjab PWD minister Vijayinder Singla to recarpet the Phillaur-Nakodar road and four-laning of Phillaur-Kapurthla roads, leading to Sultanpur Lodhi in the wake of 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev had spent first 14 years of his life at Sultanpur Lodhi.
“Doaba is also part of Punjab. You go from Phillaur to Kapurthala or come from Phagwara, you will find all the roads in dilapidated condition. There had been partiality against Doaba region in the past and we hoped that this partiality would not be there during present regime, said Rana Gurjit, who is a former minister.
Replying to their questions, minister Singla said he would call all the legislators of Doaba region and seek their suggestions on improving the condition of roads.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh while replying to a question informed the House that his government was prepared to consider 100 per cent subsidy for groups of poor farmers of the Kandi area for fencing their fields against stray animals.
Intervening during the question hour on the issue raised by AAP MLA Jai Krishan Rodi, the CM said the state government was fully seized of the matter and was making all-out efforts to protect the crops of farmers from stray animals.
Amarinder said his government was already providing 50 per cent subsidy to farmers for fencing their fields and a pilot project had been launched last year under which total subsidy to the tune of Rs 4.21 crore had been given to 563 farmers in Kandi.
Responding to a MLA’s suggestion, the CM assured the House that the government would consider the proposal to allow fencing subsidy for groups of poor farmers, instead of providing individual subsidy.
Replying to another question, Amarinder ruled out any move to shift Ghanaur police station, currently located near the bus stand, to a different place.
In a reply to question raised by Ghanaur MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur, the CM said the present location and building of the police station, though close to the bus stand and the main market, was safe and suitable from security point of view.
The building of the police station was constructed near the main bazaar of the city in the year 2005, and there was no proposal to shift the police station to any other place, he said.
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