MALERKOTLA, Jan 19: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced that an `Urdu Academy’ would be set up here which would start functioning from the next financial year.
Addressing an impressive gathering on the occasion of `id-ul-Fitr’ celebrations here, Badal said that the state government would soon enact a law to give financial assistance to religious places to maintain them properly and to preserve centuries old rich heritage.
He disclosed that his government had so far given Rs 22 lakh for the all round development of this historic mosque.
The Chief Minister assured that development of Malerkotla city would be done on priority basis by giving all modern amenities to it. He announced a grant of Rs 50 lakh for development of the city.
Recalling the centuries old bonds of friendship and human brotherhood between Sikhs and Muslims, the Chief Minister said that the foundation of holy Harmandir Sahib was laid by Muslim saint `Mian Mir’.
No Sikh could forget the role played by Nawab Mohammed Sher Khan who raised the voice against tyranny of Mughal rulers on Sahibzadas of Sri Guru Gobind Singh who sacrificed their lives for preserving values of humanism and secularism.
He announced that a day in sacred memory of Nawab Sher Khan would be celebrated as a `state level function’ as a tribute to his contribution for the Sikh community.
He announced to take KMRD Jain College for Women under 95 per cent grant from the government side by observing all procedural formalities.
The Chief Minister said more Urdu teachers would be arranged for government schools and colleges to meet the requirement of Urdu students. He declared that a fire brigade would be provided to Nagar Council from the next financial year.
The Chief Minister appealed the people to continue their endeavour for strengthening the forces of unity and national integration which was the need of the hour.
Greeting the Muslim brethren, Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Minister of Information and Public Relations, appealed to them to join the celebrations of the tercentenary of the Khalsa Panth at Anandpur Sahib on Vaisakhi Day. Minister of State for Sports and Animal Husbandry Nusrat Ali Khan highlighted the demands of the citizens.
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