Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday gave a nod to the construction of a memorial to Sikh martyr Baba Jai Singh Khalkat at his native village Baran in Patiala district at a cost of Rs 10.5 crore.
A spokesperson of the chief minister’s office said the organising committee under the chairmanship of former cabinet Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan had been directed to execute this project on the fast track. The CM also directed the secretary, rural development and panchayats, to get the estimate of the project verified from the technical adviser to Punjab government Gen BS Dhaliwal (retd) for its early execution.
Sekhwan told the CM that the monument would be constructed to keep the younger generations abreast with the sacrifices of the Sikh martyr.
Sekhwan, who prepared a concept paper on the life of the Sikh martyr, said his family — wife Dhan Kaur, two sons Karraka Singh and Kharrak Singh and younger daughter-in-law Amar Kaur — were martyred and he was skinned alive after being hung upside down from the tree and latter set on fire as ordered by the then Mughal regime in 1753.
Somehow, the pregnant wife of the martyr’s son managed to escape to Ambala and gave birth to a boy that carries on the family name of Baba Jai Singh.
The CM asked the Sikh scholars and historian to undertake research to unearth more such martyrs and heroes who still remained unsung in the annals of history.
JANG-E-AZADI MEMORIAL TO OPEN ON NOV 6
The Jang-e-Azadi Memorial coming up at Kartarpur near Jalandhar will be dedicated to the nation on November 6. This decision was taken during a meeting of the Jang-e-Azadi Memorial Foundation presided over by the CM on Monday.
The member secretary of the foundation and managing editor of the Ajit Group of Newspapers Barjinder Singh Hamdard said 70% of the civil work of the memorial had already been completed.
Hamdard said a film produced and directed by Shyam Benegal highlighting the contribution of Punjabis in the national freedom struggle had been completed.