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Badal largesse for Patiala

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today presided over a series of sangat darshan programmes at various places and announced plans for the development of the city, which till yet has been considered the fiefdom of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Badal announced that Rs 8.5 crore would be spent to provide free domestic electricity connections to the economically weaker sections for one bulb, including installation of meter, the charges of which would be borne by the PSEB. Besides, Rs 5 crore would be spent on the upgrade and beautification of the parks in Patiala. Badal also announced Rs 50 lakh for the development of the local police lines. He added that a grant of Rs 117 crore had been sanctioned for the development of power infrastructure in the city. Three new grid sub-stations would be established here.

The Chief Minister said various special schemes had been drawn up for the welfare of the residents. Government’s technical adviser B.S. Dhaliwal would be visiting the city tomorrow to give a concrete shape to these schemes.

Regarding the complaints related with the issuing of Blue Cards under the Atta-Dal scheme, Badal announced that a fresh survey would be conducted soon by organising camps at the ward level.

Badal said a similar survey for old-age pension beneficiaries and those of other social schemes would be conducted soon.

Taking potshots at Capt Amarinder Singh on his home turf, Badal reminded the gathering that the previous Congress government had spent nearly Rs 200 crore on the city but still its drainage facilities were woefully inadequate.

The Chief Minister said since Capt Amarinder had done nothing for the welfare of the people of this city, he was now “adopting Patiala” and from now onwards the city would not be discriminated against”.

The roads of the city were in bad shape. Capt Amarinder Singh had actually done nothing concrete for the city in the five years of his rule. From now onwards, there would no paucity of funds for the development of the city, Badal added.

On the former Chief Minister having gone to the UK in the wake of a Vigilance case slapped on him, Badal said it was the duty of the law-enforcing agencies to arrest Capt Amarinder Singh.

He and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal were facing cases during the stint of Capt Amarinder Singh as Chief Minister, but he had never even thought of fleeing to places like London or Dubai.