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After protest, Punjab releases Rs 18crore for payment to sarpanchs

CHANDIGARH, Dec 23: After sarpanchs from 13,040 panchayats protested in Ludhiana on Wednesday over not getting their monthly honorarium since 2013, the state government released Rs 18.76 crore, making up sarpanchs’ honorarium for past nine months.
A senior officer of the rural development and panchyats department said the state government had to release a total of Rs 39.12 crore for payment of pending honorarium to panchayat heads. “It was due to financial constraints during the previous government that honorarium could not be released in time,” said the officer, adding the remaining amount would be released soon.

The state government treasury has released Rs 18.76 crore to banks, which would now transfer the amount into sapanchs’ accounts.

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