Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Friday exhorted people, particular youths, to refrain from drugs and come forward to help the government in nation- building.
Manpreet was presiding over the state-level function to pay tributes to martyrs Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on the 85th martyrdom day, Manpreet reached Hussainiwala, accompanied by local Congress MLAs Parminder Singh Pinki, Kulbir Singh Zira, Davinder Ghubaya and Satkar Kaur besides a battery of civil and police officials.
“There are challenges before Punjab and the country. These challenges can be met only if we work together, think together,” said Manpreet.
The finance minister announced a grant of Rs 4 crore to further beautify the national memorial at Hussainiwala in response to a demand raised by Parminder Pinki.
“The government, led by chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh was committed to make the dreams of martyrs come true and put an end to corruption, unemployment, illiteracy and drugs,” said Manpreet, after paying floral tributes at the martyrs’ memorial.
He said that the state government would be organising a state-level function to commemorate Baisakhi at Jallianwala Bagh, Sri Amritsar Sahib on April 13.
“People of border districts have faced problems from the times of India’s struggle for freedom till today and the Punjab government was well aware of these problems,” he said.
He announced that industry will be set up in the border districts to provide means of livelihood and employment to the people here, which will also propel state’s economy.
Manpreet also honoured family members of the martyrs and freedom fighters.