Rs 3 lakh for Nabha cell where Nehru was lodged
Patiala member of Parliament, Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, has announced a grant of Rs 3 lakh from his Member Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds to preserve the cell where first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was kept for two weeks at Nabha.punjab Updated: Nov 16, 2014 13:28 IST
Patiala member of Parliament, Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, has announced a grant of Rs 3 lakh from his Member Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds to preserve the cell where first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was kept for two weeks at Nabha.
On the 125th birth anniversary of Nehru, HT had reported about the poor condition of the cell.
Though the jail where Nehru was kept no longer exists, former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh had built a park in the peripheral area of the cell in 1992 but successive governments failed to preserve and maintain it.
Gandhi, who also visited Nabha on Friday, said it was a sorry state of affairs that the government had failed to preserve the cell where the first prime minister, along with his comrades, was made to spend two weeks.
He said Nehru was imprisoned after he participated in the Jaitu Morcha launched by the Akalis in 1923 against the British government’s decision to dethrone the king of Nabha, Ripudaman Singh.
“It is sad that the present Punjab government, which claims to have a long association with the Akali movement, failed to preserve the place which stood testimony to Nehru’s sacrifice,” Gandhi said.
He added that the cell was in a dilapidated condition at present and was being used by drug addicts.
“If needed, more funds will be provided for the preservation of the cell and maintenance of the park. A team of architects will be hired to prepare fresh designs for its restoration,” Gandhi said.
He added a special committee would be formed which would be responsible for its maintenance.
“Four gardeners are officially looking after the maintenance of the park but they are working for VIPs and officials residences instead of visiting the park,” the MP alleged.
First Published: Nov 16, 2014 13:24 IST