The Fact News Service
Patiala, September 13
A fire brigade station would now be set up at the Zila Parishad office on Sirhind Road to control any untoward incidents of fire in densely populated areas of Patiala city, Tripuri, Sirhind Road, Focal Point, Outer Colonies.
A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of Zila Parishad Patiala here today after passing the proposal put forward by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mahindra.
Brahm Mahindra Zilla Parishad Chairperson Raj Kaur Gill was presiding over the meeting of Zila Parishad members.
On the occasion Brahm Mahindra said that the Punjab Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh had fulfilled its commitment to develop the villages and towns of the state equally. He asked the Zila Parishad members that they were the elected representatives of the people so they should play their role in making the development work being done by the Captain government known to the people.
At the same time Braham Mahindra also directed the officers to coordinate with the elected Panchayat representatives for timely completion of development works. He also asked the authorities to give priority to the villagers and public welfare works on priority basis so that the benefits of government schemes could reach the beneficiaries at the grass root level.
Chairperson Raj Kaur Gill said that out of the funds received by the Zila Parishad of the 15th Finance Commission, Rs. 9.31 crore has been released to the villages of the district for carrying out development works. He further said that 70 per cent of the funds of the 15th Finance Commission were disbursed to the population and 50 per cent of the total funds had to be spent on drinking water and liquid and solid waste management. Apart from this the rest of the funds are spent on other development funds like crematoriums, schools, anganwadis, dispensaries, gyms, streets, drains etc.
Zila Parishad Chief Executive Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Dr. Preeti Yadav said that under the 15th Finance Commission, village panchayats of Patiala district have received Rs. 65 crore for development and block samitis Rs. 18 crore. Apart from this development works are being carried out in the villages under Smart Village Scheme and Punjab Nirman Program. The proceedings of the meeting were conducted by Deputy Chief Executive Officer Roop Singh.
During the meeting the budget of Rs.2.54 crore of the newly formed Block Samiti Patiala Rural was also given post approval. Many other issues related to development were discussed on the occasion. The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit, Vice Chairman Satnam Singh, Gagandeep Singh Jolly Jalalpur, Maninderjit Singh Francewala, Hoshiar Singh Kaidupur, Dharam Singh, Tejpal Singh Gogi Tiwana, Vinod Sharma, Bhupinder Kaur, Harbinder Kaur, Jasbir Kaur and others. Samiti Rajpura Sarabjit Singh Manakpur, Kiran Rani of Patra, Gagandeep Kaur of Ghanour and Chairperson of Shambhu Kalan Archana Rani were also present. Member Minority Commission Bahadur Khan, DDPO Surinder Singh Dhillon, BDPOs and other district officers also participated.