Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said all people should follow the path shown by Lord Valmiki and emphasised the need of making concerted efforts for propagating the teachings and philosophy of Lord Valmiki with a view to carve out a healthy society based on equality and social justice.
The CM was in city to attend the state-level Luv Kush Vijay Diwas organised by the Bharti Valmiki Dharam Samaj (BHAVADAS) on Saturday.
Addressing the function, the CM said in line with the teachings of Lord Valmiki, the state government was laying special thrust on providing education to the poor and meritorious students of weaker sections for which, Dr Hargobind Khurana scholarship scheme had been initiated to provide a scholarship of `30,000 per annum to them.
He said Lord Valmiki, the architect of first ever epic the holy ‘Ramayana’, had made Indian culture and civilization more broad. Through Ramayana, Valmiki propagated the message of ideal life based on inherent values of righteousness to the society, he added.
Badal said the state-of-art historical monument-cum-temple with inbuilt museum and panorama at Sri Valmiki Ashram (Ram Tirath) near Amritsar would be a humble tribute by the state government to Valmiki.
Badal said the design of this temple-cum-museum had been conceived by the world-class architects while keeping in mind the religious sanctity of this historic place. He said 40% of the work on this monument that was being built with a cost of `200 crore had already been completed.
During the function, the CM was conferred with a title of “Dharam Ratan” by BHAVADAS. BHAVADAS leader Vijay Danav praised the CM for his endeavours towards the Valmiki community.
Prominent among those who attended the function included: adviser to CM Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon, former minister Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab planning board vice-chairman Rajinder Bhandari, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.
no comments on Sidhu’s speech
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal refused to make any comments on the speech of former member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu that he had made during a religious function on November 16.
Badal was talking to media on Saturday after attending a function at Chhawani Mohalla. In the brief interaction, he did not show any reaction over the allegations levelled by opposition leader Sunil Jakhar. Jakhar had accused Badal government of grabbing MGNREGA’s (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) `99 crore amount. Badal said opposition had no issue to be raised against the government, so the opposition leaders were levelling false allegations against them.
When asked about checking of Deras, Badal said the religious Deras were holy places. If there was something wrong in one of the Deras, it does not mean that all the Deras were bad.