Glowing tributes were paid to principal correspondent of Hindustan Times Jasdeep Singh Malhotra by people from all walks of life during his bhog and antim ardas ceremony here on Sunday.
The bhog ceremony was held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Model Town here.
Speaking on the occasion, media advisor on national affairs to Punjab chief minister, Harcharan Bains, said that Punjab government would stand by the family through thick and thin and provide all possible help to the family in this hour of grief.
He said that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia, have already handed over a two cheques of Rs 5 lakh on behalf of Punjab government and Rs 2 lakh from Youth Akali Dal respectively.
Recalling Malhotra's outstanding contribution in the field of journalism, he said that Malhotra institutionalised Social Cause Journalism and made best use of RTI Act as a weapon. He said that younger and budding journalists have lot to learn from Jasdeep and carry forward his unfinished task to its logical conclusion.
State BJP chief Kamal Sharma, while recalling contribution of Jasdeep said that Punjab is going to miss an activist journalist, who always kept government and other institutions on toes.
While paying tributes to the departed soul, senior resident editor of Hindustan Times Ramesh Vinayak said that void created by his untimely and tragic demise was difficult to fill.
"Jasdeep was a torchbearer journalist, who always kept every journalist reminding about his duty towards society", Vinayak said while lauding the role of Jasdeep as an eminent scribe.
Leaders from various political parties, social organisations, representatives of educational institutions, officers of various government departments besides journalists from across the state paid their glorious tributes to Jasdeep Singh Malhota. The Punjab Press club announced a cash grant of Rs 2 lakh for the family of Malhotra.
Prominent among others who attended the ceremony included: local MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee; forest minister Chunni Lal Bhagat; chief parliamentary secretaries; KD Bhandari and Pawan Kumar Tinu; former minister Manoranjan Kalia; mayor Sunil Jyoti; former lt governor of Puducherry Iqbal Singh; former ministers Choudhary Santokh Singh, Amarjit Singh Samra, Avtar Henry; state chief of Youth Congress, Choudhary Vikramjit Singh; wife of PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa and Qadian MLA Charanjit Kaur Bajwa; general secretary of People's Party of Punjab, Gurpreet Singh Bhatti; editor of Hindi Daily Dainik Savera, Sheetal Vij; deputy commissioner Varun Roojam; police commissioner Ram Singh; chairman of Local Improvement Trust Vijay Bublani; deputy inspector general of Bhatinda Range, Amar Singh Chahal; senior superintendent of police Yurinder Singh Hayer; former chairmen of Improvement Trust and Congress leader Tejinder Singh Bittu and Baljit Singh Neelamahal and former Mayor Surinder Mayor and Rakesh Rathour.