Jalandhar: Stepping into the election year, SAD MLA from Jalandhar Cantt constituency Pargat Singh marked his maiden political innings with emphasis on development, transparency, public connect and a clean image but said that ‘corruption’ was a major bottleneck in the system.
The MLA, who would be completing his four year term on March 6th, said that though this was the election year but he had nothing to fear, as his work would speak for him in the ensuing Assembly elections 2017.
Talking to Daily Post, the international Hockey star said that he neither supported ‘corruption’ nor let anybody indulge in it. “It is a hard fact that ‘corruption’ exists within the system. Though, people talk about it but the end result was that delivery system was affected. So, I ensured that people with clean image were brought to the forefront, as a result of which no wrong FIRs were registered against anybody in my constituency”, he said.
The Jalandhar Cantt MLA said in Punjabi, “Char vote hi ghat pai jayu, par mai corrupt bandeya nu promote nahi kita (sic). (At the most, such people will not vote for me but I did not promote any corrupt person).”
Sharing his achievements, Pargat said that this year, he was working on the project of constructing a state of the art stadium on Dasehra Ground in Jalandhar Cantonment. “I held a meeting with Sub Area Commander, 91 Sub Area for the construction of Rs 15.20 crore stadium, where a special sports component would be set up. As drugs were a major problem, youth required a positive thought process”, he said.
Pargat said that till date he had spent over Rs 36 crore in seven urban wards of the constituency while another Rs 44 crore was allocated recently. “I spent total Rs 80 crore on the construction of roads and laying sewerage network”, he said, adding that the work was done with public participation.
Further, the MLA said that out of the total 175 kilometers of road network, he got constructed 125 kilometers of roads in Jalandhar Cantt constituency. “There are 61 villages in my constituency on which an amount to the tune of Rs 13 crore was spent on constructing the roads. While 60 kilometers road was constructed last year, another 65 kilometers road was under construction”, he said.
On the key issue of setting up a Solid Waste Management Treatment plant in Jamshar Diary Complex, Pargat categorically said that he will not let anybody set up the treatment plant in the dairy complex.
“Sitting in AC rooms, some bureaucrats brought an ill-conceived plan of the treatment plant without realizing that whether it was feasible in the diary complex or not. The diary complex was one such neglected place for which neither the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation and nor the Punjab Diary Development Board was willing to take responsibility for its maintenance”, he maintained.
The Jalandhar Cantonment MLA said that there was complete ambiguity over treatment plant and even the Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi was also not clear. He said that currently, there were 17,000 milch cattle in the diary complex and over 850 quintal of milk was produced every day. “I am not against the setting up of a solid waste treatment plant but definitely, it would not come up in Jamsher”, he said.
Lastly, talking about his role in drafting the Sports Policy 2010, the MLA said that had it been implemented in letter and spirit, the results would have been visible by now. “I drafted the policy as Director Sports, Punjab but till date there was acute shortage of coaches, Physical Education teachers and sports equipment. However, the work on Punjab Institute of Sports at Government Sports College was under way, which was a major achievement”, he said.
On AAP being a challenge, MLA Pargat said, “Any political party can come and field its candidates in Punjab. I don’t take AAP as a challenge. Since the day, I became an MLA in 2012, my work style and approach has not changed. I have worked in my constituency honestly and never misled my voters, why should I be afraid?”
Written by Kusum Arora