Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday lauded the contribution of the Punjabi community in the development of Haryana and announced to raise a memorial to commemorate the memory of all those who had died during partition in 1947.
The chief minister, who was addressing a Haryana Punjabi Maha Sammelan in Faridabad, also announced to allot three-acre land to construct a community centre of Punjabi community in Faridabad.
He said the state government had already declared Punjabi as second language in the state. Punjabi teachers were also being posted in schools where there were at least 10 students to study the language.
"It is because of Punjabis' hard work that they have reestablished themselves. Their hard work has infused a sense of self confidence among members of other communities as well," Hooda said.
He lauded former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for empowering panchayati raj institutions and reducing the age to vote from 21 to 18 years.
Hooda also visited Rose Garden to pay floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi.
MP and actor Raj Babbar also paid tributes to the former prime minister.
Besides appreciated the development work carried out by the Hooda government, Babbar lauded sportspersons of Haryana for bringing laurels to the nation in Olympics.