Release by the Centre to Punjab Rs. 1100 crore ‘missing’
Chandigarh(Narinder Jagga) – Rs. 1100 crore has been missing, but where this amount has gone, nobody is ready to explain it. Such a huge amount was released by the Government of India to pay the dues of Hot Mix Plant Owners Association, Punjab to the Government of Punjab. Since the last six months, owners have been running from pillar to post to know the whereabouts of fund. The construction activities of roads have come to virtual standstill following the closure of hot mix plants.Describing their plights before the mediamen in the Press Club, the president of association Balwinder Singh Sidhwan told that they has held four meeting with Finance Minister of Punjab. Earlier they were assured to clear their dues soon and later they were told that amount would be paid to them in the instalment of each Rs.25 crore, but now they has been refused clearly. But where these funds are utilised, nobody is ready to reveal. These funds were released by the Government of India under the scheme of Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna.Fund and scheme, both are sponsored by the Government of India and have nothing mean with Punjab Government.He told that they had closed their hot mix plants due to the shortage of funds. More than 400 persons are depending on each hot mix plant and more than 60,000 persons have gone unemployed and even owners too. Under the stress of fund, an owner of a plant has committed suicide. Punjab Government has not been releasing the amount and on the other hand they are being penalised by the Government of India for not completing the work. But how can they do work with money.President told that a delegation of owner has met with Union Finance Minster Arun Jaitly and he told that further fund can be released only after receiving utility certificate. Association threatened that they has decided to hold protests rellies in the Gurdaspur to aware the people , where the Parliament bypoll is to be held next month.
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