Terming the conferment of Padam Bhushan award on Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal as an honour for the Punjabis, local bodies minister Anil Joshi lauded Badal for establishing peace and communal harmony in the state while praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for leading the nation on the path of development.
Addressing a gathering during the Republic Day celebrations in the city, he said, "It is because of his hard work and far sighted approach that the state ranks among the leading states in the country".
He added that the government was committed to the cause of combating drug addiction and lauded the Punjab government for implementing the Right to Service Act and setting up cancer treatment units in the state, besides other initiatives.
Stating that Jallianwala Bagh occupied an important place in India's struggle for independence, Joshi said that a 130-feet high flag would be installed here as a mark of respect to the martyrs, who had braved the bullets of the British soldiers here. Joshi, on this occasion, unfurled the national flag and took the salute of the marching contingents including cops, school children, scouts, NCC and girls guides.
Fourteen tableaux of various departments were the highlights of the occasion. Students from the participating schools also presented giddha, bhangra and cultural programmes on this occasion. Joshi also distributed tricycles and sewing machines among the needy folks.
Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, Municipal Commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, BJP leader Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, Jasbir Singh, joint commissioner, Amritsar municipal corporation, Bhupinder Singh, additional deputy commissioner (G), Baldev Singh, additional deputy commissioner (Development) were among others present on the occasion.
R-Day celebrated in schools
The Republic Day was celebrated with fervour at various Khalsa institutions. The national flag was unfurled at Khalsa College Public School (Heir) by Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina who took the salute as the school students performed dance and sang the patriotic songs.
The Tricolour was also unfurled at Khalsa College Public School (KCPS) where principal Sarvjit Kaur Brar presided over the function which witnessed colourful presentations by the school children. The Republic Day was also celebrated at Khalsa College International Public School (KCIPS) where the function was presided over by Principal Dr.DK Sandhu.
Chief Khalsa Diwan Charitable Society (CKDCS) celebrated the day at Sri Guru Harkrishan International School, Ranjit Avenue. Charanjit Singh Chadha, president, CKDCS, presided over the function while Narinder Singh Khurana was the guest of honour. Other guests included Pritpal Singh Sethi, Manmohan Singh, Gurbax Singh, Dr Baljinder Singh, Jaswinder Singh Advocate..
List of awardees in Amritsar District
1. Dr Chander Mohan, eye specialist (Office of Civil Surgeon)
2. Dr Jyotika Kalsi, leprosy officer (office of civil surgeon)
3. Dr Rashmi, medical officer (office of civil surgeon)
4. Dr Naresh Chawla (office of civil surgeon)
5. Balkar Singh, ACP (North)
6. Sanjeev Kumar (office of civil surgeon)
7. Agyapal Singh Randhawa, ophthalmic officer (office of civil surgeon)
8. Paramjit Singh, superintendent (office of civil surgeon)
9. Mohar Singh, class IV employee (office of civil surgeon)
10. Gurjinder Singh Mattoo, president, Youth Services Club, Kot Khalsa, Amritsar
11. Sehaj Singh, karate player
12. Dr Neera Sharma, Principal, DAV Public School, Lawrence Road, Amritsar
13. Gurpreet Singh, PSO, deputy commissioner, Amritsar
14. Khushbir Singh, Athletics, 71st Asian Games, South Korea
15. Kamal Dalmia, social worker
16. Rajesh Sharma, SDM-II, and others for dealing with Chinese kite string
Revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia presided over the Republic Day function held at Tarn Taran. Addressing the gathering he said that the relations between the Centre government and Punjab government would boost development in the state and expressed hope that a strong and stable government at the Centre would be quite helpful in that direction.
Lauding the opening of Attari border for trade by road route, he called upon the Union government to explore the possibilities of extending road route trade ties with other central Asian countries especially for perishable vegetable and fruits and other agro products. "We must exploit the low freight option to survive in the competitive export market," he said.
Demanding early decision on oil pipeline from Tehran to India, the revenue minister said that this pipeline would be a a permanent energy solution for the future, besides opening vistas for industrialisation of gas-based industries in Punjab and another areas from where this pipeline moves.
He urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up this matter with Iran to allow Punjab to export its basmati rice, produced mainly in border areas through the road route to Iran. Urging the Union Government to set up an e-visa centre at Attari, Majithia said that the facilitation of visa at Attari Border would give a big boost to medical tourism in Punjab as patients from Pakistan and other countries often found it difficult to go through the lengthy visa process in case of medical emergencies.
Punjab minister for forest and wildlife protection Chunni Lal Bhagat, who was the chief guest at the Republic Day function in Gurdaspur, honoured 42 persons for excelling in their respective fields.
These awardees included district child welfare council honorary secretary Romesh Mahajan for carrying out public welfare works for the past six years and for his contribution in controlling drug addiction in the district, Punjabi lecturer at the Government Senior Secondary School, Aliwal, Dr Paramjit Singh Kalsi for leading the state-level winner bhangra team of Burj Sahib school, English lecturer Satinder Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School, Dhupsarhi (Batala) for getting 100% results in the Punjab School Education Board examinations for the last 5 years, Sanskrit teacher Amarjit Shastri of Government senior secondary school, Darbar Pindori for producing national and international level judo players, sub inspector Kapil Kaushal for solving the murder case of a woman of Babbehali when he was SHO at Tibber police station, head constable Nishan Singh posted at Purana Shalla police station for his role in getting arrested proclaimed offenders Mohit and Harshpreet of Government Senior Secondary School, Tibber for winning gold in the under 14 (boys) national net-ball competition, Sehajpreet Singh of Guru Harkrishan Public School ,Mallianwal for winning gold in the under 17 (boys) national fencing competition, Joban Preet Singh and Abhishek of Dhan Devi School, Gurdaspur for winning gold in national Judo competition, Surjit Singh of government senior secondary school, Dharowali for winning gold medal under 17 (boys) national kabaddi matches and Pooja and Harleen of DAV Centenary Public School, Batala for bagging gold medals in national rope-skipping.