MANPREET SINGH BADAL’S SPEECH ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
106. The outlay of the Urban sector has been increased from `2268.18 crore to
`4610.59 crore, an increase of 103.27{8c6d3f6704cdb4d22004dc79684d70f0271dd82fcfbe654786cb18f09b659ded} over the previous year. This includes the
programmes of Smart Cities, AMRUT, Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development
Fund and Swachh Bharat Mission. Project proposals have been prepared to provide
surface water for drinking purposes in Amritsar and Ludhiana. All Municipal
Towns/areas would be made open defecation free by March, 2019. For this purpose,
117645 individual household toilets would be built. The four cities of Amritsar,
Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala will be developed as ‘Smart Cities’ during the next 5
years.
107. The department proposes to make huge citizen centric reforms. The procedure
for change of land use and building plan would be simplified. The concept of ‘one
approval one charge’ will be followed. LED lighting will be provided in the Municipal
towns so as to reduce the expenditure of local bodies on lighting. Sufficient parking
space will be created in the urban areas. Necessary provisions in Building Byelaws will
be made to make arrangements for sufficient parking spaces. Multi-storey parking will
also be considered for congested areas. Building Bye laws will also be amended to
make them citizen friendly.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT
108. The State Government is committed to the all round development of rural
habitats through the provisioning of basic amenities and creation of Rural Employment
opportunities. An amount of `686.83 crore has been earmarked for “Rural Development
and Panchayats” for the year 2017-18. The State Government is successfully
implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
(MGNREGA) in all the Districts and an amount of `313.23 crore has been provided for
the financial year 2017-18 under MGNREGA.
109. An amount of `208.33 crore has been earmarked for the Pradhan Mantri Awaas
Yojana scheme in year 2017-18.
110. A budgetary allocation of `19.75 crore has been provided for 2017-18 for the
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission.
111. Under the “National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)”, an amount of `9.55 crore
has been provided for 2017-18.
112. The main objective of “Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana” is to conserve
and develop natural resources of the land like soil, water, vegetation and its proper
utilisation for crop production and to enhance livelihood opportunities of landless
community at village level. An amount of `52.74 crore is provided for the year 2017-18
to treat 74600 hectare land.
113. Some of the other allocations in Rural Development for 2017-18 are as follows:
 `9.19 crore: Construction of cremation grounds in villages.
 `28.15 crore: Construction of toilets in the rural areas.
 `10.84 crore: For basic amenities / purchase of land for burial ground / grave
yard for Christian and Muslim communities.

PARADIGM SHIFT IN DEVELOPMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN RURAL AREAS
114. The Government intends to shift its focus on development of infrastructure in
rural areas from top down approach to demand driven based on ground level planning
and beneficiary oriented approach especially by concentrating on deprived sections and
destitute instead of mere financial investment in infrastructure. Based on Antyodaya
concept, all the deprived sections and destitute living in rural areas who were historically
been ignored will be assisted through the convergence of all the existing
schemes/programs being implemented by various departments through introduction of a
new scheme called PENDU SARV JAN HITKARI YOJANA. The preparation of Gram
Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) of all 13,000 panchayats in the state based on
ground level planning will ensure that the infrastructure works carried out with the help
of various funds made available in rural areas like 14th Finance Commission, under
which an amount of `1103 crore is to be spent in near future for the infrastructure
development in rural areas, will be as per the felt need at the ground level.

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