In Punjab, till now, the rural development fund money has been spent by the governments on other items, due to which the Center had withheld Rs 1100 crore of RDF of the state government.

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Rural Development Fund (RDF) money will now be spent on rural development in Punjab. The way has been cleared after the approval of the Rural Development Ordinance (Amendment) in the Punjab cabinet meeting held on Wednesday. After the approval, farmers will be able to get the benefit of strengthening the infrastructure of the village mandis and in the procurement process.

According to the spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, after the decision of the cabinet, it will now be easier to construct connectivity roads to the mandis, procurement centers through RDF. Along with this, the road will open for many other development works including repair of roads and installation of street lights. With this decision of the cabinet, stores will be made in the mandis only for the crops purchased from the Rural Development Fund.

The farmers of the state buried under the burden of debt will get relief. Now there will be no pressure on the farmers to sell the crop. Software will be developed to record the procurement of crops, survey, computerized identification of farmers at the state level through RDF. With this decision of the cabinet, a strong basis will be given to the mandis and the procurement operations of crops.


Center has withheld 1100 crores
In Punjab, till now, the rural development fund money has been spent by the governments on other items, due to which the Center had withheld Rs 1100 crore of RDF of the state government. The new government of Punjab accepted this decision of the Center and accepted its mistake by amending the RDF Act in the cabinet.

Clear the way for the recruitment of 145 posts
In order to ensure smooth functioning of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department and to provide better rural water supply to the people across the state, the Punjab Cabinet has approved the recruitment of various categories (25 Sub Divisional Engineers, 70 Junior Engineers, 30 Junior Draftsmen and 20 Steno Typists). Approval has been given to fill 145 posts. Recruitment for these posts will be done by direct recruitment by Punjab Public Service Commission and Subordinate Services Selection Board Punjab within one year.

Internet service will be upgraded in villages
The Punjab Cabinet has given its approval to upgrade the existing BharatNet infrastructure to provide broadband service to the Gram Panchayats. With this decision, e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-banking, internet and other services will be easily available in rural areas. This will enable on-demand affordable broadband connectivity for all households and institutions.
Till now the Rural Development Fund (RDF) was being misused in Punjab. After the decision of the cabinet, now this money will be spent only on the mandis and farmers. This will bring unprecedented changes in the agriculture sector of the state. Harpal Singh Cheema, Finance Minister, Punjab

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