Chandigarh, Jan 19 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Saturday committed a fund of Rs 202.35 crore for development of state’s Malwa region comprising of eight districts.

The eight districts which constitute Malwa region in the state are Bathinda, Faridkot, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Moga, Mansa, Sangrur and Sri Muktsar Sahib.

The chief minister Saturday asked the region’s MLAs to submit detailed proposals of development works to be executed under Smart Village Campaign (SVP) and Urban Environment Improvement Plan (UEIP) in their respective constituencies, an official release said.

He asked the MLAs to submit their proposals to deputy commissioners of their areas latest by January 31 to ensure timely completion of developmental projects, the release added.

Amarinder Singh gave the direction to legislators after a marathon meeting with them.

He said all MLAs of the assembly segments falling within the eight districts would be given a fund of Rs 5 crore each in two installments for development of rural areas.

The first installment of the fund would be given to them at the start of the development work and the remaining after its completion, subject to the condition of submission of utilization certificate, he added.

Another sum of Rs 300 crore would be spent on the developmental works to be undertaken in urban areas under UEIP.

Amarinder Singh emphasised upon the need to prepare block development plan to ensure holistic development of the state in a result-oriented and time-bound manner.

He said these plans would help MLAs get their developmental works approved and ensure utilisation of funds in a systematic manner.

The chief minister also told legislators that the entire backlog of social security pensions have been cleared till January 2019 and a sum of Rs 155 crore on this count was being released for 19.5 lakh pensioners every month.

He also asked the chief principal secretary to review the status of the ongoing urban development works with the principal secretary (Local Government) and principal secretary (Finance) to ensure their early completion.

Taking part in the deliberations, Cabinet Minister Vijayinder Singla suggested forming a Corporate Social Responsibility board to manage the fund contributed by industry and to spend it to strengthen the infrastructure across the state in a meaningful manner.

He also urged the chief minister to sanction a medical college in the Malwa region of the state.

Dhuri MLA Dalvir Singh Goldy urged Amarinder Singh for immediate construction of a bridge for better connectivity in his constituency.

He also sought upgradation of school infrastructure and construction of a sports stadium in his constituency and urged the chief minister to explore feasibility of MNCs directly procuring potatoes from local farmers.

Amargarh MLA Surjit Singh Dhiman requested the chief minister to provide for building a senior secondary school and a sub divisional office in his constituency, besides upgrading Dirba grain market.

Balluana MLA Nathu Ram thanked the chief minister for sanctioning funds for electrification works in his constituency and requested him to provide it a sub tehsil status.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.