In a meeting with the union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh assured that his government is committed to implementing the central government-aided poverty alleviation and housing projects in the state.
The Punjab CM also promised the implementation of the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) in letter and spirit in the state. He also called on Niti Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya to discuss the central support and collaboration in holistic development of Punjab, with special measures to help the state's farming sector and special packages for debt waiver, industrialisation and border area development.
“The Niti Aayog has agreed to visit the northern state for detailed discussions with the state government for development of the region through crop diversification, industrial revival and other programmes, an official said.
Amarinder apprised Naidu of the progress made by his government on implementation of various central schemes and projects for which the Union Government had released funds in the past, "but they did not reach the intended beneficiaries."
Naidu, who is planning to visit Punjab in July to review the progress of the central projects, also noted that the central government funds released to the state had not been transferred to the beneficiaries.
The Punjab CM said his government was aware of the fact that the central funds were lying un-utilized as the previous dispensation had failed to transfer the same to the beneficiaries concerned.