Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu suspended a sub-divisional officer (SDO) of water supply and sewerage board on charges of dereliction of duty. The former cricketer, who was surrounded by controversy after he was elected as a Punjab MLA in connection with continuing his appearance on a television comedy show, was on a visit to the border town of Dera Baba Nanak in the district. He was there to review the various development projects undertaken by the previous government led by Parkash Singh Badal. During the visit, he found laxity in working of SDO Jugal Kishore and took the decision to suspend him, reported news agency PTI. After the decision was taken, Sidhu said Jugal Kishore was negligent in the construction of a treatment plant in Dera Baba Nanak, because of this its polluted water was entering the agriculture field of farmers and destroying crops.
Speaking today, the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums in Punjab reiterated that the present government is committed to review the various development projects undertaken by the previous dispensation. He further revealed the “misuse of funds” in the Jaica project in Amritsar that was related to sewerage in the holy city. The minister said that the previous government had declared it a Rs 400 crore-worth project whereas only Rs 100 crore was spent on it.
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Earlier on the day, he ordered a vigilance probe into the “irregularities” committed by the municipal corporation in Phagwara into development projects worth Rs 61 crore. It included the allocation of 60 commercial booths at “throwaway prices” and “bungling” in the water supply and sewerage works, reported PTI.
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Punjab has witnessed a major change in 2017 Assembly polls with Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress beating the then ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition to form the government with Singh himself becoming the chief minister of the state.