Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was on Wednesday was conferred the prestigious 14th Sant Namdev National Award- 2015 for promoting peace, communal harmony and universal brotherhood at a function organised here by the Sarhad foundation.
This award was bestowed upon Badal by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in the presence of the organisers of the Sarhad foundation.
Expressing gratitude to the organisers for this coveted honour, the chief minister thanked the ‘Sarhad’ organisation for this prestigious award. Badal said though he had received several awards in different fields during the past, but this award has a very unique significance for him, because it was being given for work in a field which was the ‘dearest and most important’ field in his life.
The chief minister said he has always rated peace and communal harmony as sacred goals and tasks of his life. He has ever sought inspiration from the life and philosophy of our great Gurus, saints and seers for the accomplishment of these cherished tasks.
The chief minister said it was a matter of great pride and satisfaction for him that the people Punjab have always endorsed his firm commitment and concerted efforts to foster mutual goodwill, brotherhood, amity and religious tolerance in the society.
Felicitating the Sarhad organization for organising this mega event, Badal said he was deeply overwhelmed by the gesture of the Sarhad foundation for honouring him with this prestigious award, which was also reflective of unbounded love and affection showered upon him on the behalf of Punjabis by the people of Maharashtra.
“I am sure this award will go a long way in further strengthening the bonds of love, friendship and bonhomie amongst the people of Punjab and Maharashtra as both these states are known for their martial spirit, valor, patriotism besides age old friendly ties,” he added.