Acceding to the long-pending demand of Christians about providing land for graveyards to the community, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said the state government would make all out efforts to make available suitable land for burial grounds across Punjab.
Addressing a gathering during a function organised to mark the 25 years of service by the diocese of Jalandhar Franco Mulakal, the chief minister said necessary directions have already been made to the deputy commissioners of all districts in the state to find suitable land for this purpose.
He said it is the duty of the state government to provide land for burial grounds to the Christian community and no stone would be left unturned in this regard.
Lauding the Christian community for rendering marvelous services in the field of education and healthcare, the chief minister said the community was serving the masses with true zeal and commitment.
Badal said he was highly grateful to the community for making stupendous efforts to serve the poor and needy, adding that the state government would extend full support and cooperation to the community in this noble cause.
“The firm commitment and dedication of the Christian community inspires every individual to serve the mankind in a true sense,” he further said.
He said the SAD-BJP government was following the footsteps of the great Sikh Gurus who have taught them the message of communal harmony, love, brotherhood, peace and secular character to make an egalitarian society.
Badal said this is why they have always tried to give adequate representation to all sections of the society in the state government. Citing an example, he said the alliance government has given due representation to every minority in the Punjab minorities commission.
On the occasion, Vatican ambassador Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio lauded the chief minister for his generosity and warm hospitality. He also presented a ‘message of peace’ memento to the chief minister from Pope Francis on the occasion of upcoming Gurpurab, the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev.
Prominent among others present on the occasion were chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) KD Bhandari; MLA Pargat Singh; chairman district planning committee Gurcharan Singh Channi; former MLA and chairman district planning committee, Kapurthala, Sarabjeet Singh Makkar; and special principal secretary to chief minister Ajoy Kumar Sharma.