SPEECH OF MANPREET SINGH BADAL FINANCE MINISTER, PUNJAB PRESENTING the Budget For The Year 2017-18 to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha

WATER SUPPLY & SANITATION

SWACHH PUNJAB, SWASTH PUNJAB
115.  Punjab Government has launched Mission “Swachh Punjab, Swasth Punjab” in
rural areas of state to achieve the goal of clean and healthy state by ensuring that all
house hold in the villages have access to clean and safe water supply and achieve
freedom from open defecation.
116.  The State Government is emphasising on transformation of the Rural Water
Supply sector in Punjab by focussing on enhanced hours of supply and providing 100{8c6d3f6704cdb4d22004dc79684d70f0271dd82fcfbe654786cb18f09b659ded}
piped water supply to every rural house. Accordingly, State Government has decided to
provide piped water connection to each household by March 2019. To achieve this
target, an enhanced allocation of `450 crore has been proposed in 2017-18, under the
World Bank Aided Punjab Rural Water and Sanitation Sector Improvement Project.
Further under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), an allocation of
`50 crore has been proposed for the year 2017-18.

117.  Various villages/habitations of Punjab are facing water quality issues. To meet
minimum need of water for safe drinking & cooking purposes, it is proposed to install
275 new RO plants in various water quality affected habitations at the cost of `33 crore,
under the NABARD project in 2017-18. Further, an amount of `39.35 crore is being
proposed in 2017-18 to install Water Treatment Plants in 429 Water Quality affected
habitations, out of which 175 area affected by Arsenic and 254 are affected by Fluoride
contamination.
118.  As we all know open defecation poses serious health hazards including stunting
among children and women face indignity and shame while going in open to attend the
call of nature. Therefore, State Government has decided to eradicate this evil of in the
rural areas of the State by December, 2017. I propose to provide an additional `300
crore under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Gramin) in 2017-18 in this regard for the rural
areas of the remaining 13 districts of state.
119.  The State Government is providing an incentive of `12,000 under Swachh Bharat
Mission (Gramin), and additional incentive of `3000 from state resources to every house
hold in rural areas who are without toilet to construct a toilet of their choice and stop
open defecation.
120.  The importance that this government attaches to provisioning of these basic
facilities to the people is evident from the fact that I have proposed an outlay of
`873.35 crore for this department, an increase of 116.70{8c6d3f6704cdb4d22004dc79684d70f0271dd82fcfbe654786cb18f09b659ded} over the previous year.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
121. Post the harvesting of paddy crop, the management of paddy straw is a major
problem with the farmers to get their land re-cultivated again for another crop. Some of
the farmers burn paddy straw in their fields which causes higher level of smoke pollution
and creates health related environmental problems. To overcome this problem, the
state Government proposes to take two initiatives to stop the burning of paddy straw.
The following new schemes have been proposed for 2017-18.

PADDY STRAW MANAGEMENT CHALLENGE FUND
122. Punjab generates about 20 million tons of paddy residue every year. Only about
4 million tons of paddy residue is being utilized through alternative methods such as fuel
in biogas plants, brick kilns, boiler furnaces etc. In order to promote innovation in this
field and identify new technologies, an amount of `5 crore is being allocated for a Paddy
Straw Management Challenge Fund for Innovation.

INCENTIVES FOR GRAM PANCHAYAT FOR ZERO BURNING OF PADDY
STUBBLE
123. As long as viable alternative solutions for management of paddy straw do not
emerge, in-situ management of paddy residue will remain one of the best methods of
managing the paddy residue. To motivate, encourage and to reward the Gram
Panchayats to stop burning of paddy straw, I propose to allocate a sum of `20 crore in
2017-18.

FORESTRY & WILDLIFE
124. The Government has initiated the process to carry out plantations over an area of
8000 hectare during 2017-18. A nature park at Mattewara Forest, Ludhiana is being
established for creating awareness about the importance of Forest, Wildlife and
Environment.

TRANSPORT
125. The Transport Department shall soon come out with a policy to incentivise the
use of electric vehicles. This would encourage more people to shift to these lesspolluting
vehicles. Over time, this would not only increase revenues for the state but
also reduce pollution within the State.

IRRIGATION AND POWER
126.  For Punjab, Irrigation is the life line of Agriculture. However, the inadequacy of
canal irrigation has led to the over use of ground water that has resulted in the depletion
of scarce ground water resources and soil health.
127.  The rejuvenation and revamping of canal network will be a thrust area of the
State Government. A composite project of `4128.43 crore for Extension, Renovation &
Modernisation of canal system in the State has been submitted to CWC & JICA for
approval and release of funds.
128.  Under the River Management Activities and works related to Border Areas which
is fully funded by the Government of India, a consolidated Project Proposal for flood
protection works to be executed along with Indo Pak Border on River Ravi and its
tributaries, to check erosion of cultivatable land, village abadies & defence installation is
in the pipeline.
129.  The CWC has technically approved the project for Canalisation of Swan Nadi
falling in Punjab portion downstream of Santokhgarh Bridge to its confluence point in
river Sutlej at the upstream of Thana Bridge near Sri Anandpur Sahib. The work of this
project is likely to be started soon.
130.  . The other projects to be under taken during the year are:
 Integrated Project to address water logging problem in South-Western Districts
of Punjab at a cost of `128 crore.
 Project for relining of Rajasthan Feeder with an outlay of `100 crore.
 A Consolidated Project proposal for flood protection works to be executed
along the Indo Park Border on River Ravi and its tributaries, to check erosion
of cultivable land, village abadies & defence installation, will be executed at a
cost of `50 crore this year.

 Construction of field channels on Kotla Branch Phase-II with an outlay of
`94.73 crore in 2017-18
 `81.38 crore for System Rehabilitation with concrete lining of Bist Doab Canal
System (Minors)
 Rejuvenation / upgradation / reconstruction of main branches of various water
courses of Sirhind Feeder Canal in District Sri Mukatsar Sahib with an outlay
of `55.30 crore.
131.  This Government proposes to generate economic activity along the rivers and
construct a high speed economic corridor on their banks by canalisation of the three
major rivers of the State. This would give flip to development of the hinterland areas and
spur growth and employment of these geographical tracts.
132.  In order to facilitate the local industry and focus on revitalising the ground water
system in the State, a State Ground Water Authority (SGWA) shall be set up during the
year.
133.  The State run utilities PSPCL and PSTCL shall strengthen the Power
Generation, Transmission and Distribution network through investment of `3156.69
crore in 2017-18

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