Giving a gift to the Muslim community on Eid-ul-Fitr, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced that Malerkotla, a small town dominated by Muslims, will be developed as a 'model city'. Badal also announced Rs 25.3 crore for different development projects in the town.
Congratulating the Muslim community during the state-level function at a mosque in Malerkotla, Badal said the state government was duty-bound to develop the historical town and would leave no stone unturned to ensure its all-round development.
“The town would be equipped with the ultra-modern infrastructure and basic civic amenities for which the government has already prepared a roadmap,” Badal said.
The CM announced that Rs 10 crore each would be spent on the development of two blocks of Malerkotla 1 and Malerkotla 2, Rs 5 crore for sewerage, Rs 25 lakh for construction of a Haj centre in the mosque and Rs 5 lakh for construction of a park near the mosque.
Badal also announced to set up Punjabi Urdu Academy at Malerkotla in order to promote Urdu literature and language in the state.
“Besides giving due representation in the boards and corporations of the state government, member of the Muslim community would be soon handed a coveted responsibility in the Punjab Minority Commission,” Badal said, adding that the state government has decided to extend the Shagun scheme to Muslim daughters too.
Soon after devotees offered 'namaz', heavy rain played spoilsport and dignitaries had to cut short their speeches. Several leaders even failed speak as people started leaving the venue due to heavy rain.
Quoting from history, Badal recalled old ties between Muslims and Sikhs and said the foundation stone of Sri Harmandar Sahib was laid down by Sain Mian Meer and the noble gesture made by the Nawab of Malerkotla by raising voice against the execution of Chotta Sahibzadas at Sirhind exhibited the strong bond of unity and brotherhood between the two communities.
“We are indebted to the Muslim community for rallying solidly behind the SAD-BJP coalition in turbulent times,” he said.
Meanwhile, Muslim community in Sangrur and Patiala districts also celebrated Eid with great fervour and enthusiasm.
Heavy rush was witnessed at local mosques, especially during the morning hours, as people gathered to offer 'namaz'.