Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal paid tributes to martyrs Karnail Singh Issru and Bhupinder Singh Issru, who had sacrificed their his life for the welfare of peasantry, during the Independence Day function at Issru near Khanna on Friday.
During the function, Badal called upon the people of Punjab to work in accordance with the state government and play a proactive role in strengthening the Punjab's spirit of communal harmony and progress to teach an appropriate lesson to all anti-Punjab forces deliberately trying to disrupt the unity, peace and progress in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Badal said be it the pre-Independence era or the post-Independence, Punjab had always strived hard to protect the honour and dignity of India at all fronts, but unfortunately certain anti-Punjab forces had always tried to defame its glory by creating misconceptions about the peace-loving and brave Punjabis.
Talking about the patriotic spirit of Punjab, Badal said everybody was fully familiar with the fact that 80% sacrifices had been made by the Punjabis during the national Independence struggle, but even after 67 years of Independence the dreams of our martyrs to set up a healthy society, free from all ailments like poverty, unemployment and illiteracy were yet to be realised.
Though for the welfare of Punjab and its people the state government had worked relentlessly with dedication and devotion and achieved many goals in the fields of education, healthcare, infrastructure, still a lot of efforts were needed, he added.
Expressing a great hope with the change of guard at the Centre, he said under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country in general and Punjab in particular would soon begin its new journey on the path of progress and development by overcoming all hurdles to reach at the top of its glory.
Badal said their government had initiated an ambitious programme to construct a worldclass Jang-e-Azadi Memorial over an area of 25 acres at a cost of Rs 200 crore at Kartarpur near Jalandhar, which would demonstrate the rich legacy and enormous contribution of Punjabis in the Indian freedom struggle.