Besides celebrating the golden jubilee of Punjabi Suba and their school Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, GT Road, members of the Sikh organisation Chief Khalsa Diwan on Tuesday also celebrated its 114th foundation day with great fanfare on the school campus.
Besides Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik, local bodies minister Anil Joshi, Amritsar mayor Bakshi Ram Arora and various educationists attended the high-profile event.
Addressing the gathering, Union minister Arun Jaitley said while Punjab has a rich heritage to showcase, at the same time it has a painful history to narrate.
“Punjabis have contributed immensely in the country’s history and at the same time suffered a lot during various phases of history. If 1984 was the year of destruction for Punjab, 2016 is the year of development. Celebrating 50 years of Punjabi Suba, we all should be proud to see where the state stands today,” he said, while praising the Badal government for putting in efforts to develop Punjab, and making Amritsar a benchmark of this development with the newly inaugurated heritage stretch of the Golden Temple.
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The chief minister congratulated the Chief Khalsa Diwan management on the 114th foundation day. He emphasised on the role of Punjabis in the country’s progress and prosperity, whether in the field of agriculture, education, security, industry or urbanisation.
Motivating the organisation to come up with more schools in rural areas, Badal said youths in such areas, especially in villages along the Indo-Pak border, deserve better education.
Earlier, Chief Khalsa Diwan Charitable Society president Charanjit Singh Chadha threw light on the history and achievements of the society and gave details about the upcoming 66th World Sikh Educational Conference 2016. The students presented a cultural programme, comprising giddha, sufi qawwali and a Punjabi play.