Sukhbir fineunes Rs 29,781 cr plan for development of villages
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today finetuned an ambitious Rs 29,781.55 crore plan project for time bound integrated development of all 12,673 villages within next five years.
Accompanied by Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Mr Badal today finetuned the ambitious programme drawn up by the department that included underground small bore size sewerage system, concrete lanes and pavements, surface drains, cleaning and renovation of village ponds, construction and renovation of Panchayat Ghars besides strengthening the existing assets of Panchayats.
SAD-BJP government was committed to improve quality of life in rural areas to check growing migration of rural people to urban areas, he said. The focus was targeting development for the benefit of deprived population including marginal farmers, landless labourers besides Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, he added.
This plan has been drawn up for focused approach encompassing development of physical and economic infrastructure ensuring accelerated delivery of quality services in Rural Areas besides guiding their development to next state of integrated development.
He said 62.51 per cent of population of Punjab estimating 27,704,236 were living in Rural areas and all 12,673 villages in 145 blocks have been divided into five phases and integrated development of one village would be ensured in one go.