A sum of Rs.5,000 Crore would be spent on development of Haryana during next three years with the assistance of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), of which Rs.1,200 Crore would be spent on development of 600 villages.

Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare minister Om Prakash Dhankar on Thursday said that Rs.3,120 Crore would be spent for the development of villages in the state during the financial year 2017-18. This amount is 56 per cent more as compared to the amount spent for the same purpose in the current financial year.

Reiterating the commitment of the state government towards strengthening the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), the minister said that the limit of funds to be spent by the Gram Panchayats on development works had been doubled from Rs.10 lakh to Rs.20 lakh.

In spite of obstacles created by the opposition parties and the matter going to the court, the Haryana government implemented reforms to ensure election of only educated representatives to the PRIs in place provisions to enhance their powers, he added.

He said that apart from this, arrangements have been made for separate funds for Zila Parishads and Block Samitis, and Gram Sachivalayas are being established in all villages to provide all services under a single roof.