Tribune News Service
Banga, November 23
Trying to woo the voters of the reserved Banga Assembly seat ahead of the forthcoming elections, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday announced a grant of Rs 132 crore for the constituency, including a government college and an integrated sports stadium.
The Chief Minister while addressing a public gathering here today announced that these grants included Rs 15 crore for construction of government degree college in Sarhala Ranua village in the name of Dr BR Ambedkar. Channi envisioned that the college would be instrumental in providing affordable quality higher education to students, especially from weaker and underprivileged sections.
Likewise, the CM also announced a grant worth Rs 12 crore for the construction of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Integrated Model Sports Stadium at Khatkar Kalan in the native village of iconic martyr. He said the stadium would act as a catalyst to wean away the youth from menace of drugs and channelising their energy in a positive direction. The CM said this will be a humble tribute to legendary martyr by the state government.
The Chief Minister also announced grant of around Rs 30 crore for rural development works, Rs 2.5 crore for various works in Banga city, Rs 1 crore for constructing fire station at Banga, Rs 10 crore for upgrading CHC Banga to Subdivisional Hospital, Rs 4 crore for upgrading Primary Health Centre Aur to Community Health Centre, Rs 32 crore for constructing new link roads in Banga and Aur blocks and Rs 3.5 crore for construction of residence of the Banga SDM. He also announced to waive off Rs 25 crore arrears pending towards members of cooperative societies. CM Channi also announced to give the status of sub-tehsil to Aur block falling in Banga Assembly segment.
Earlier, the Chief Minister paid obeisance at Mazara Sri Nabh Kanwal Raja and Dera Sant Baba Mela Ram in Bharo Majara village.
Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included Cabinet Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, MLAs Angad Singh and Darshan Lal Mangupur, former Punjab Minister and Chairman Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Joginder Singh Mann, DC Vishesh Sarangal, SSP Kanwardeep Kaur and others.
Many fail to meet Chief Minister
As CM Charanjit Singh Channi was in Banga today, several people had thronged at his rally to get to talk to him and plead their individual or union-level cases. There were people trying to hand over their representations including various government employees. Among them were members of the Medical Practitioners Association who wanted to avail the right to do private practice. There were employees who were seeking restoration of the pension benefits for those who got appointments after 2004. Since these protestors did not get a hearing, they raised slogans against the the police officials for not letting them reach up to the Chief Minister.
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