Punjab govt committed to develop Qadian as ‘model city: CM Badal

  • Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times, Qadian (Gurdaspur)
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2016 09:56 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. (HT Photo)

Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to develop Qadian as a ‘model city’, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said the work of beautification of this city, especially area around the world headquarters of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, would be completed before the 125th annual Jalsa (convention) of Jamaat in December, 2016.

Interacting with the leaders of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, here on Sunday, the chief minister said as devotees from across the globe converged here every year, so it was the bounden duty of the state government to develop this place according to its magnitude. He said work of beautification of this town was going on in full swing and would be completed shortly.

Badal also asked the officials concerned to ensure that work of sewerage, streetlights, roads, water supply and other basic civic amenities in this city were executed in time, so as to give a facelift to this city.

Acceding to the demand of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, the CM also asked the officers to explore alternate site for disposal of waste in the city. He said if required the state government would bear the expenses of purchasing alternate chunk of land in the vicinity of town.

SAD-BJP alliance most secular govt in country

Terming the SAD-BJP alliance government as the most secular government in the country, the CM said the state government had taken path breaking initiatives for the welfare of each and every strata of society. He said, “It is a fact that the SAD-BJP alliance government was following the footsteps of the great Sikh Gurus who have taught them the message of communal harmony, love, brotherhood, peace and above all of egalitarian society with pure secular character.”

Badal said the state government had always taken adequate steps to ensure the all-round development of every section of the society.

Earlier, president Sadar Anjuman Ahmadiyya Jalaal-ud-din Nayar, Mohammed Nasim Khan, Shiraz Ahmed and Majid Mahmood thanked the CM for fulfilling the promise of covering the nullah flowing from the centre of city.

The CM also sanctioned a degree college for Ladhupur village, while holding a “Sangat Darshan” programme at Bhattian village, 25 km from here, on Sunday.

Don’t politicise Pathankot Air Base terror attack

Addressing media there, the CM advised the political parties not to try to politicise the issue of Pakistani terrorists’ attack on the Pathankot Air Base. He said, “On such matters, all the political parties should work united to defeat the enemy forces.”

The chief minister lauded the action by the national security guards, army and Punjab Police against the attacking Pakistani terrorists. Parkash Singh Badal paid homage to those security men who lost their lives while fighting the terrorists.

Replying to a query, the CM asserted that no political party was in a position to pose a threat to the Akali party that had won struggles and had a long history of achievements. He termed Congress party an enemy party for Punjab and Aam Aadmi Party a bundle of dejected political leaders.

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