The 158th birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai, popularly known as Punjab Kesari, was celebrated with full reverence and respect at his birthplace Dhudike on Saturday.
Cabiet Minister Mr. Aman Arora accompanied by MLA Nihal Singh Wala Manjit Singh Bilaspur and MLA Dharamkot Devinderjit Singh Laddi Dhose paid rich tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai at his memorial established at Dhudike village in Moga.
On this occasion, the cabinet minister also announced a grant of Rs 12 lakh on the demand of the villagers.Speaking to the media on this occasion, Mr. Aman Arora said that Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai ji had made a huge contribution in the struggle for independence of the nation.
The Lion of Punjab’s indomitable courage and sacrifices shall inspire generations to come.He said that these celebrations would not only keep alive the rich legacy of the legendary freedom fighter but it will also help to keep alive the nationalism and patriotism amongst the youth.
"This inspires today's young generation to develop a sense of patriotism," he said.He said that while Lala Lajpat Rai was a great freedom fighter, he is also known as the leader of the Swadeshi movement.
He said that the land of village Dhudike is auspicious, where Lalaji and many other freedom fighters were born. Lala ji's contribution to the freedom struggle will always be remembered.
Answering queries regarding illegal colonies in the state, he categorically said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led Punjab Government has adopted zero tolerance against illegal colonies and constructions and no one will be allowed to violate the law regarding establishing colonies.
To ensure a roof for all, Mann Government has proposed to construct 25000 flats for Economical Weaker Sections (EWS) across the state and GMADA will construct 5000 flats in Mohali under EWS Housing Policy.
The Punjab government has made the process of obtaining NOC for regularisation of plots and building very easy and all the applications are being submitted and processed online and 15 days timeline has been fixed to issue the NOC. He urged the people to take benefit of this facility .
Mr Arora made it clear that the Aam Aadmi Party-led Punjab government will not tolerate any kind of illegal activity and corruption in the state.On this occasion, the cabinet minister also visited the library and other historical places established in the memory of martyrs in the village.
Lala Lajpat Rai Birthplace Memorial Committee also honoured the prominent personalities on the occasion. Prior to this, Mr Aman Arora was given a guard of honour by District Police Moga.After this, he attended the ongoing sports tournament in the village and met the players.
Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kulwant Singh, SSP Mr. Gulneet Singh Khurana and District Planning Board Chairman Mr. Harmandeep Singh Brar and General Secretary of Lala Lajpat Rai Birthplace Memorial Committee Mr. Ranjit Singh Dhanna were among prominent present on the occasion