Thursday, August 24, 2006

Poor state of Punjab Affairs! Who is to blame?

Here is an indication of Amrinder Singh government's lack of inaction in Punjab. When will Punjab get some honest leadership that cares about Punjabis and not their royal image, filling their own pockets and investing in foreign countries, bringing their own families into politics? Same goes with Akali government of Badal as well. I hope a true honest leader in Punjab emerges to bring honor to Punjabis thru good governance.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060824/punjab1.htm#2

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 23
The Union Ministry on Programme Implementation has said Punjab has been placed at a low 29th rank — second from the bottom— among all states in India as far as the implementation of some programmes for the rural areas, the poor and the Scheduled Castes is concerned.
The state was found lagging behind badly on drinking water supply in villages, providing assistance to families of the Scheduled Castes and in building houses for the economically weaker sections, among other aspects monitored by the Government of India between April, 2005, and March, 2006. A report in this regard has been received here, said top officials , adding that the state government last week started its own exercise to find out how the state lagged behind while one of its neighbours, Himachal Pradesh, secured the first rank and Haryana the 15th.
The Centre has praised Punjab for achieving "very good" results in the immunisation of children against DPT, polio and BCG , for managing its integrated child development scheme and for operational anganwadis.
Only Manipur has been placed behind Punjab at the 30th rank while states like UP, Bihar and Orissa, along with newly carved out states like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, have raced ahead and met their targets.
Sources in the government said the departments where the performance had been adjudged as "very poor" by the Central Government have been asked to give detailed replies within the next few days. The reasons for non-implementation could be that funds were not released in time or the beneficiaries as in the case of families of the SCs could not be identified. It is possible that the departments also did not seek the release of funds. The details will be known only when the departments get back to the government with their version on the matter.
Punjab was given eight schemes to follow and targets were fixed. These included the provision of drinking water in 800 villages or clusters. The state managed to do it only in 417 villages or clusters. About 59,000 SC families were to be assisted while the state did so only in the case of 19,241 families. No house was constructed for the economically weaker sections and also for persons in the lower income group. The target was 2,850 and 1,800 houses, respectively, under the two categories. Under the Indira Awas Yojana the state was to construct 11,081 houses. However, it achieved 61 per cent of the target and constructed 6,730 houses.
The state was also given a target of installing 40,000 pumpsets, but it installed only 17,421. It is possible that the state thought it imprudent to install so many pumpsets as the water table was falling. Also, the state could provide 336 biogas plants against a target of 500 plants, says the report and adds that in the sphere of the plantation of forests the target was not met. The state planted only 1,471 hectares of forests as against the target of 25,000 hectares.
Even though the report has set the alarm bells ringing in the bureaucracy, Punjab fared badly last year also when it was 27th on the list. Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were placed at the ninth and first positions, respectively, last year.

4 Comments:

Blogger Shinda said...

How do you feel about Simranjit Singh Mann's leadership? Its true everyone has there negative points that subtract points, none the less in recent history he has shown to be the most trustworthy in my opinion, but then again its politics.

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4:49 PM, August 24, 2006  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

I really don't know much except that he stands for Khalistan. Also, reading some of his comments and brief speeches, he seems to be a short tempered guy but can't say much. I just hate to see India divided up further and Sikhs, Hindus both fight and lose out. I just want to see Sikh identity perserved in India than in Khalistan. I would support a good Gursikh that would stand up for Sikhs but without dividing India. We have already lost a lot thru Pakistan and don't want to lose more Sikh shrines and history.

8:32 PM, August 24, 2006  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

I did a post below as to why I feel in the unity of India than division. Probably a lot of Sikhs would be up in arms with me, but somehow I feel Sikhs can change India. Read if you wish and thank you for you comments.

"How ready are Sikhs to show India the Khalsa way of life and why should India embrace Sikh way of life? "

8:52 PM, August 24, 2006  
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