Fund denial unfortunate, will hit welfare projects, says Capt Amarinder Singh - ECAS Punjab

Fund denial unfortunate, will hit welfare projects, says Capt Amarinder Singh

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Chandigarh, October 29

Terming the decision to put state's Rural Development Fund (RDF) on hold as unfortunate, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged the Centre to review its decision stating that the move would impact the rural development works in the state.

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Capt Amarinder Singh, CM

Move raises doubts

Doubts are being raised in various quarters about the timing of the Union Centre's decision... the timing points to dubious motivation behind the move.

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Questioning the timing of the Centre's move, the CM said never in the past had the RDF been halted over the scrutiny of utilisation of funds. Capt said he had asked Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal to go to Delhi and meet the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs to resolve the issue.

He said the state government would submit all utilisation details as sought by the Centre as it had done in the past, adding that this was not the first time the Government of India was scrutinising the utilisation of funds, however, it was the first time it refused to release the RDF.

Captain said amid the controversy and crisis over farm laws, doubts were being raised in various quarters about the timing of the Union Cabinet's decision of not releasing the RDF to the tune of more than Rs 1,000 crore to the state. The timing points to dubious motivation behind the move, he said.

The funds, as the Centre was well aware, were used for developing critical agriculture marketing infrastructure, such as, construction of roads in the rural areas of the state, marketing yards, said the CM. — TNS



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