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Press release for Punjab Govt
Jan 17, 2008


Chandigarh, January 17:

Punjab Legal Services Authority was going to organize a workshop on speeding up a Criminal Justice System on 19-1-2008 at CII in Chandigarh.
Disclosing this here today Mr. G.S. Bakhshi, Member Secretary Punjab Legal Services Authority said that Hon'ble Mr. Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court would preside over the workshop while Hon'ble Judges of the High Court, Judicial Officers of the state, police officers, District attorneys of the state would also attend the workshop.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today bemoaned that even after 60 years of freedom, our governments had not been able to provide the basic civic amenities to a common man what to talk of tall claims like high growth rate in terms of infrastructure, power, telecommunications and civil aviation.

Paying rich tributes to 66 Kuka martyrs at a state level function to observe the martyrdom day of Kukas here at Martyrs Memorial, Mr.Badal said that our freedom fighters and patriots laid down their lives for the betterment of our countrymen. "It is a sad plight that the aspirations of our freedom fighters had not yet been cherished because they dreamt of an Independent India free from the maladies of illiteracy, unemployment and starvation", said Mr.Badal.

Mr.Badal asked the Centre and State governments to take pledge on this auspicious day to undertake programmes and schemes exclusively for the development and welfare of a common man at the grass root levels. "It will be a real tribute to our national heroes and great martyrs who made supreme sacrifices for the independence of our country", said Mr.Badal. He however, said that martyrs were not merely restricted to any region, religion and faith rather they belonged to one and all irrespective of caste, colour and creed.

Blaming the Central Government for meting out a step motherly treatment to the state governments, Mr.Badal said that the remote control was with Delhi and states had always to look upon them for justified demands and grants. He said that states had virtually no powers with them and were dependent on the Center even for petty matters. He underscored the need for redefining the central state relations in the changed scenario and casting a true federal structure to secure state's participation in the national development process.

Lauding an outstanding contribution made by Namdhari sect in the national freedom struggle led by Satguru Ram Singh ji, the Chief Minister said that the year long celebrations of '150 years of Kuka movement' was a real tribute to the Kuka martyrs who made unprecedented sacrifices for the attainment of freedom. "Our government is committed to perpetuate the legacy of freedom fighters and national heroes through organizing state level functions to inculcate the spirit of patriotism and nationalism amongst our younger generation", said Mr.Badal. He announced to erect a memorial here in the memory of the youngest Kuka Baba Wariam Singh who was also one of the martyrs to be blown off by the canons of British. He also announced to celebrate the birth day of Satguru Ram Singh ji at state level at Bhaini Sahib on February 11.

Meanwhile, Member Parliament from Sangrur Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa also paid glorious tributes to the Kuka martyrs and said that their unparalleled sacrifices would ever act as a source of inspiration for our youth to serve their motherland.

Speaking on the occasion Canadian Member Parliament Dr.(Ms) Ruby Dhalla who was a special invitee also paid homage to the kuka martyrs and said that the role of Punjabis in the national freedom struggle is ever remembered by one and all. She thanked Mr.Badal for convening a Punjabi NRI Sammelan at Chandigarh and Jalandhar at January 5 and 6. She said: "the recently concluded sammelan proved to be an ideal platform for the NRI Punjabi diaspora to share their experiences and air their grievances and problems being faced by them". She hoped that such conferences could help the state governments for securing investments, technology transfer and knowledge exchange between Canada and Punjab because there we had a fairly large concentration of Punjabis in some pockets who had done exceedingly well in the diverse fields of medicines, infrastructure, power, bio-technology and aviation.

Earlier, Satguru Jagjit Singh ji honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion with a shawl and a memento. The Chief Minister also paid floral tributes to the martyrs at the memorial.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included President BJP Punjab state unit Prof.Rajinder Bhandari, Medical Education & Forest Minister Tikshan Sud, Tourism Minister Hira Singh Gabria, MLA Dhuri Iqbal Singh Jhunda, Nusrat Ali Khan, Abdul Guffar and Jasbir Singh (all Ex-Ministers), Vice President of the Kuka Memorial Trust Surinder Singh Namdhari, District President SAD Sangrur Rajinder Singh Kanjla and District President BJP Sangrur Jatinder Kalra besides the party workers of SAD and BJP.