- Alleged embezzlement of 12.24 crores
- Punjab Vigilance Bureau took action
- woman sarpanch arrested
Punjab News: A woman sarpanch from Punjab’s Patiala district has been arrested for embezzling Rs 12.24 crore. In panchayat funds Rs. The Punjab Vigilance Bureau gave this information on Tuesday. An agency spokesman said the Punjab Urban Development Authority had acquired 1,104 hectares of shamlat (vacant) land in five different villages for the construction of the Amritsar-Kolkata integrated corridor.
He said around Rs 285 crore was given to Pabra, Takhtu Majra, Sehra, Sehri and Akari villages in Shambhu block of Patiala district in this regard. He said that out of this Gram Panchayat Akari received an amount of about Rs.51 crore in lieu of acquisition of about 183 acres of land. He said that during the investigation it was found that the accused village leader Harjeet Kaur had started development work in the name of spending money in the village.
He said, however, during the physical examination of these works by the Vigilance Bureau’s technical team, it was found that Kaur had received huge amounts by sending fake proposals for construction of dam, community centre, graveyard and panchayat ghar in the village. abused. He said the investigation revealed that Rs 12.24 crore was embezzled on behalf of Kaur in the name of development work.
private bus operators strike
In another news, private bus operators in Punjab went on a one-day strike on Tuesday, accusing the Aam Aadmi Party government of not fulfilling their other demands, including tax exemption, during the period of the Covid-19 epidemic. Bus and minibus operators under the Punjab Motor Union banner also staged dharna at many places including Amritsar, Patiala, Phagwara and Ajnala. Protesters with black flags raised slogans against the state government.
Commuters had to face hardships as private buses remained off the roads due to the strike. Unlike state buses, private and minibus operators are more dominant in rural areas as they operate in the interior of the state. Apart from tax exemption, they are demanding increased fares and compensation for the government’s decision to offer free rides to women in buses.
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