Badal for raising Baba Jeevan Singh's memorial in Delhi
In recognition of the supreme sacrifice made by Baba Jeevan Singh (Bhai Jaita Ji) for the Sikh community, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has demanded that a suitable monument be built at Chandni Chowk in New Delhi in the memory of this valiant martyr.
Badal said that he would take up this matter with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).
Addressing a public rally at the state-level function to mark the martyrdom of Baba Jeevan Singh here on Sunday, the chief minister said that all-out efforts would be made to construct a befitting memorial of this legendary Sikh martyr at Chandni Chowk, the spot where Guru Teg Bahadur was beheaded by the Mughal rulers.
It was Baba Jeevan Singh, then known as Bhai Jaita, who took the 'seesh' (head) of the Guru in his possession and carried it all the way to Sri Anandpur Sahib.
Likewise, another memorial to Baba Jeevan Singh will be built at Anandpur Sahib. The groundwork of this memorial has been completed and the work on it would be started at the earliest, he added.
Lal lakeer issue
Badal announced that the government had decided that all properties (houses) situated within 'Lal Lakeer' or 'Lal Dora' in villages will now be numbered and registered in the name of the owners.
Officials in the state had already been instructed to start the numbering of these properties, he added.
He said that the people living within the 'Lal Lakeer' had to face a lot of problems because they do not have any proof regarding the ownership of this land.
So keeping in view the larger public interest involved in the matter the government has decided to pave a way towards their ownerships, he said.
Listing the pro-poor initiatives taken by the state government for the welfare of weaker sections of society, the CM said that various schemes like atta-dal scheme, shagun scheme and old age pensions have been started for extending a helping hand to the underprivileged sections of the society.
He said that in a path-breaking initiative, the state government has increased the ambit of atta-dal scheme from 15 lakh beneficiary families to 30 lakh.
He further said that the SAD-BJP alliance government was committed to perpetuating the glorious history of the state for which stupendous efforts were being made by them.
He said that the state government has constructed world-class monuments like Viraasat-e-Khalsa Memorial at Sri Anandpur Sahib and Chappar Chiri war memorial at Mohali.
In his address, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia hailed the CM for organizing a state-level function to mark this historic day. Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal also addressed the rally.