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Punjab govt to spend Rs 100 cr in 3 months on burial grounds

punjab Updated: Jul 07, 2016 19:08 IST
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Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal (HT File Photo)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced on Thursday that the state government will spend Rs 100 crore in the next three months to create burial grounds in all the cities and villages with a substantial Muslim or Christian population.

Extending Eid greetings to Muslims at a function in Malerkotla, he said the SAD-BJP government has always accorded deep respect to every religion and as a part of its commitment to welfare of all, irrespective of caste, creed, race and religion, the government has made it a point to observe holy days of all religions.

The Shiromani Akali Dal president said Punjab government has launched the Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra scheme to facilitate members of all communities in paying homage at holy places located far across the country.

Condemning the alleged incident of sacrilege reported in the city recently, he reiterated the government’s commitment to not allowing anyone to vitiate the hard-earned peace and communal harmony of the state.

Punjab has always rejected such “nefarious designs” of agencies or political parties and law enforcing agencies are keeping a round-the-clock vigil on any attempt to create disturbance in the state, said Sukhbir.

Describing AAP’s recently-released youth manifesto as a “castle in the air”, he said the party’s convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal should spell out the number of jobs he had provided to youth of Delhi.