We all owe it to our future generations to leave this Mother Earth in a better position for them. While Energy is an important ingredient for any developing economy, we must use more and more energy from renewable energy sources. We are committed to main streaming the Renewable Energy projects & systems for meeting the energy needs of farmers & community at the village level by installation of Renewable Energy systems i.e. Solar Pumps, Solar Street Lights, Solar Photovoltaic Rooftop plants etc. This year we plan the Solarisation of 2000 Agriculture pump sets in the State of Punjab with an 80% subsidy component. Given the resource constraint I am proposing a budgetary provision of Rs 100 crore in this regard for 2017-18.
The villages Chowkidars generally come from the poor sections of the society doing every duty assigned to them by the village community at odd hours. The villages Chowkidars have been assisting the State Government functionaries and the village panchayats also since long. It is felt that the honorarium given to the Chowkidars needs to be enhanced and accordingly, the Government has increased the honorarium given to the Chowkidars to Rs 1250 per month. Approximately 10540 Chowkidars would be benefited by this decision.
The Regional Connectivity Scheme will be implemented by providing air connectivity with the four airports of Bathinda, Adampur, Ludhiana and Pathankot. The State Government will bear the pro rata cost of Viability Gap Funding with the Government of India as per the MoU signed. The State Government will also provide the basic services and subsidized aviation turbine fuel to make the air services fully functional.ROADS AND BRIDGES
This government is committed to building robust road and bridges infrastructure & more importantly maintain the existing one. While we want to do a lot more, we are constrained by the lack of resources at our disposal this year. Nonetheless, I propose to make an allocation of `873.17 crore for the Public Works Department for construction and maintenance of new roads, bridges& buildings.
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