Sukhbir Badal’s 1 cr grant to Himachal school draws flak in Punjab

Shimla: A former Punjab Congress MLA today accused Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal of giving a grant of Rs 1 crore to Sanawar school in Himachal Pradesh out of Punjab Nirman Funds.

Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleged that Badal had given a grant of Rs 1 crore to school in Himachal while ignoring the 18,397 government schools in Punjab which were in a “pitiable” condition.

In a statement Khaira said that he had with him a finance department letter no. 3/45/09-FE 6/641 dated 1st October 2012 to this effect. He said  18397 govt. schools of Punjab are in a pitiable condition. The children in the said govt. schools have to squat on the floor to study, there are no toilets, no safe drinking water, neither teachers in the govt. schools of Punjab, he added.

The state government, however, termed the charge levelled by Khaira as an effort by the Congress leader to remain in the limelight after losing the election.

Khaira, who lost the assembly elections from Bholath in Kapurthala district, said he would move the High Court of Punjab & Haryana, if the grant was not withdrawn.

Meanwhile, a Punjab government spokesman criticised the allegations levelled by Khaira, saying institutions like Lawrence School Sanawar belong to the nation and not to a particular state.

Meanwhile, SAD Secretary and Spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema in a statement said Khaira’s comment is clearly an attempt to divide the country on the regional lines and create a feeling of hatred among the people of the two neighbouring states. (PTI)

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