Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday paid rich tribute to Lance Naik Satnam Singh during the ‘bhog’ of ‘akhand paath’ held in memory of the martyr.
Lance Naik Singh sacrificed his life while fighting terrorists who had attacked a military camp near Uri in Baramulla district of the Kashmir valley on December 5.
“Martyrs are the asset of a nation and their supreme sacrifice motivates us to follow their footsteps,” said the minister, while paying tribute to the martyr at Grain market here.
Lance Naik Singh hailed from Pandori Sukha Singh village.
Majithia said Punjabis had made numerous sacrifices for the nation, during and after the Independence. In fact, the people of the state had made maximum sacrifice for the Independence and in the wars that the country fought thereafter, he added.
Promising a job to the widows of the martyrs as per her educational qualifications, he said the Punjab government was fully aware of the contributions and sacrifices of the brave soldiers and it was duty bound to look after their families.
He went on to say since the election process was in progress in Jammu and Kashmir and people were coming out in large numbers to vote, it had frustrated the militants, who tried to demoralise them by indulging in violence.
Majithia said a total of 11 security personnel — eight soldiers and three policemen — were killed in the attack on a military camp near Uri, while six militants involved in the attack were killed in the counter.
Meanwhile, Virsa Singh Valtoha, chief parliamentary secretary, handed over a cheque for Rs 9 lakh as financial help to Partap Singh, father of the martyr, on behalf of the Punjab government.
Amarpal Singh Boni, chief parliamentary secretary and senior Akali leader Veer Singh Lopoke said Satnam Singh came from a family that had been associated with the armed forces for a very long time.
Bony, the local MLA, said Ajnala sub-division is proud of the family and holds them in high regard.
He assured all support to the family.
On the occasion, former MLA and Congress leader Harpartap Singh announced a grant of `2 lakh, which will be given by local MP and former chief minister Capt Amrinder Singh out of his the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund.