In a major Eid bonanza to the Muslim brethren of the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced development works worth Rs 25.30 crore in the historic town of Malerkotla. Addressing a massive gathering here after offering prayers at the local Eid Gah, the Chief Minister congratulated the people on this sacred festival which symbolizes universal brotherhood, peace and amity. Mr. Badal further said that the state government was duty bound to develop the historic town of Malerkotla and it would be spruced up as ‘Model Town’. The Chief Minister further said that no stone would be left unturned to ensure a comprehensive and all-round development of this city for which a roadmap has been already prepared. He further said that the city would be equipped with the ultra modern infra structure and basic civic amenities for which the efforts were on foot.
Announcing a series of bonanzas for the city, the Chief Minister said that while Rs 10 crore each would be spent on the development of two blocks of Malerkotla I and Malerkotla II, another sum of Rs 5 crore would be spent on providing the sewerage facilities to the wards of city. Likewise he said that Rs 25 lakh would be spent on the construction of Haj Centre in the Eid Gah whereas Rs 5 lakh would be utilized for the construction of a beautiful park near the local Mosque. Mr. Badal said that besides this a number of other initiatives were being taken by the state government to develop this town of historical and cultural importance.
The Chief Minister also said that in order to promote Urdu literature and language in the state, Punjab Urdu Academy, Malerkotla would be soon accorded recognition by the state government. The Chief Minister categorically said that a member of the Muslim brethren would be soon handed over a coveted responsibility in the Punjab Minority Commission. Likewise he said that the community would also be given due representation in the Boards and Corporations of the state government. ‘We are highly indebted to the Muslim community for rallying solidly behind SAD-BJP in turbulent times’ added Mr. Badal.
The Chief Minister said that the state government was laying special emphasis for imparting quality education to the youngsters of Malerkotla for which concerted efforts were being made. He also said that in a significant decision our government has also extended the facility of Shagun scheme to the Muslim daughters too. Mr. Badal also said that in the same manner the state government has also ensured that land was provided for the burial grounds of the Muslim community across the state.
Recalling the age old ties between the Muslims and Sikhs, the Chief Minister said that the fact that the foundation stone of Sri Harmandir Sahib, the most revered place of Sikhs, was laid down by Sain Mian Meer exhibited the strong bond of unity and brotherhood amongst both the communities. He said that Sikhs could never repay the noble gesture made by the Nawab of Malerkotla by raising voice against the execution of ‘Chotta Sahibzadas’ at Sirhind. Mr. Badal said that every demand made by the people of this city was a ‘pine order’ for them and the state government would leave no stone unturned to fulfill it.
Exhorting the Muslim Community to play a proactive role in fighting the maladies like drug addiction, the Chief Minister said that it was the need of hour to save the future of our younger generations. Mr. Badal also called upon the Muslim brethren to safeguard the ethos of communal harmony, universal brotherhood and peace in the state. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mrs. Farzana Aalam, Chairman Punjab Waqf Board Janaab Mohammed Izhaar Aalam, MLA Mr. Iqbal Singh Jhunda, former Minister Janaab Nusrat Ikraam Khan Bagge, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. KJS Cheema, Inspector General of Police (Patiala Range) Mr. Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner Sangrur Mr. Kumar Rahul and Senior Suprintendent of Police Mr. MS Sidhu.