Jakhar: Farmers suffering due to unplanned works during SAD rule - ECAS Punjab

Jakhar: Farmers suffering due to unplanned works during SAD rule

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Abohar, September 9

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar, Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Revenue Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar today visited more than 12 villages in the Balluana constituency, which has been ravaged by rains in the past three weeks.

Jakhar said the state government would work out a plan to solve the problem permanently, but for the time being, the priority was to improve drainage so that farmers could sow wheat.

A preliminary survey indicated that rain and drain water had affected one lakh acres in the Abohar subdivision. The PPCC chief said this was the result of many unplanned projects of the previous SAD-BJP government. "Faulty" drains constructed during the SAD regime were to be blamed for farmers' suffering. He said the NDA government had sanctioned Rs 2,246-crore projects to resolve the problem of "faulty" drains, but the SAD government had not given any details of the utilisation of the money so far. It appeared the money was misused to please Akali sarpanches during the 'sangat darshan' programmes, Jakhar added.

Sarkaria said, "Our priority was to immediately drain out water from farms and residential areas, and then solve the problem permanently with a comprehensive plan. The officials were told to appoint nodal officers for every village to monitor the drainage arrangements."

Meanwhile, two days after SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal visited some waterlogged villages in the Lambi Assembly segment in Muktsar, Jakhar and Sarkaria today visited the same villages.

from The Tribune https://ift.tt/3hf2uWQ

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