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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

After MLA’s dharna threat, work starts on grain market

After MLA’s dharna threat, work starts on grain market

an Sood

Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 2

Almost a week after Shutrana MLA Nirmal Singh threatened to hold a dharna outside the residence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on January 1, the state government has finally started work on the new grain market at Shutrana.

Sources said Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Lal Singh was instrumental in acting on the issue as he took up the matter, following which the work on the project started on Sunday. “The work has been started and officials concerned were directed to find the file pertaining to the project and ensure that the clearances were given immediately,” they said.

“The work on the new grain market has started and I am thankful to the government for accepting the basic demand of the people of my constituency. This project was announced by the Chief Minister and his wife, Patiala MP Preneet Kaur, in the run-up to the last Vidhan Sabha elections,” said Nirmal Singh.

“The district administration, which had been sleeping over the project for the past over two years, has finally acted. As a ruling party MLA, I feel bad that I had to use this way of getting things done,” he said.

Last week, the MLA had told his supporters that they should not expect anything from him, as the government was not considering his repeated pleas.

Later, addressing party workers at Shutrana, he raised a banner of revolt against his own government over pending developmental works and “apathetic attitude of the administration” towards elected representatives.

He along with three MLAs had expressed resentment over being ignored by the government and had raised the various issues with the party president.

Nirmal Singh said he had brought all issues pertaining to the district administration to the notice of party president Sunil Jakhar. “I have been told to wait for a few days as financial and other issues are being sorted out.” he stated.

The legislator claimed that he had approached state officials several times but they did not pay any heed to his demands. Alleging that elected representatives were not being given their due, Nirmal Singh said the bureaucrats were ruling the roost and were not serious about developmental works, including work on the grain market as promised by the CM.

Later, he was joined by Congress MLAs Rajinder Singh, Hardyal Kambhoj and Madan Lal Jalalpur who had raised similar issue of not being heard by officials. However, Kambhoj had later said he would ensure that Nirmal Singh’s issues were resolved and he does not hold a dharna.

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