BHAINI SAHIB (LUDHIANA): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inaugurated an ultra-modern 10-bedded hospital in the name of Satguru Ram Singh, at Bhaini Sahib constructed by the state government at a cost of Rs. 85 Lac.
Accompanied by his Cabinet colleagues and MLAs, Badal visited here today to pay his gratitude to Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh for extending his continues blessings and support to SAD-BJP alliance.
Addressing a largely attended function on the occasion of ‘Naam Simran’ religious congregation organized by Namdhari Darbar, Badal lauded the unparalleled contribution of Namdharis in the independence struggle of the country and said that their government had celebrated 150th anniversary of ‘Kuka Movement’ launched in 1857 by Satguru Ram Singh, in a befitting manner.
The CM said that the to bring social reforms and for caving a harmonious society, Namdharis under the leadership Satguru Ram Singh had enormously contributed to liberate the country and launched an effective drive to eradicate the social evils like dowry, killing of newly born female child in the society for which one and all would always bow their heads in reverence.
Showing mark of respect the state government had also revived the chair in the name of Satguru Ram Singh in GNDU and made regular budgetary provision for its smooth functioning, added, Badal.
While paying rich tribute to the Kuka martyrs, Badal said that the supreme and unparalleled sacrifice made by 66 Kuka martyrs, who were blown after tying to the British cannons, would always remain a great source of inspiration for those who have the courage of conviction.
He further said that the Kukas were amongst the first warriors of the country who used non-cooperation as the political weapon against the British Rule and created history, the same idea was later adopted by Mahatma Gandhi for the country’s freedom struggle under the name of Non-cooperation movement, he added.
Badal said that our real tribute to Kuka martyrs would be to rise above the parochial considerations of caste, colour and creed to strengthen the bonds of communal harmony, universal brotherhood. SAD-BJP government was fully committed to the same principle for maintaining peace and amity in the state, added Badal.
On this occasion, Badal also presented a set of coins of Rs. 100 & Rs. 5 commemorated to the Kuka movement recently released by GoI.
Prominent among others who spoke on the occasion included Madan Mohan Mittal Health and Family Welfare Minister, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon PWD Minister, Swaran Singh Phillaur Jails Minister, Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Balwinder Singh Bains, Iqbal Singh Jhunda ( All MLAs), Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, Santa Singh Umedpuri Chairman SSS Board, Hira Singh Gabria Ex- Minister, Prem Singh Chandumajra General Secretary SAD, Surinder Singh Namdhari, H S Hanspal, Ranjit Singh Talwandi Ex- MLA and Iqbal Singh Channi President M C Khanna.