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Punjab to recognize Urdu Academy in Malerkotla

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By Neel Kamal

Malerkotla: The Urdu Academy of Malerkotla will get recognition soon from the state government, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal announced this on the occasion of state-level Eid celebrations in the town on Friday. The academy, established a few years ago here, failed to get wider acceptance in the absence of recognition.

With state recognition, the academy would be able to promote Urdu literature and the language itself, said academician MH Khan.

Badal also tried to win the admiration of Muslims by announcing Rs 25 lakh for Haj Manzil, a place to come up for Haj pilgrims. Showcasing special affection for the princely town, Badal announced a bonanza for the Muslim dominated area, ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections. This included development works worth Rs 25.30 crore in the historic town while sharing Eid festivities on Friday.

After offering prayers at the local Eidgah, Badal said Malerkotla would be soon spruced up as a model town. He said Rs 10 crore each would be spent on development of two blocks of Malerkotla I and Malerkotla II, Rs 5 crore on providing sewerage facilities, Rs 25 crore for Haj Manzil and Rs 5 lakh for constructing a park near the mosque.

He assured that a member of Muslim community would soon be included in Punjab minority commission and the community would also be given due representation in the boards and corporations run by the state government. The state government will also ensure that land was provided for burial grounds of Muslim community across the state, he added.

Recalling the age-old ties between Muslims and Sikhs, Badal said that the foundation stone of Sri Harmandir Sahib, the most revered place of Sikhs, was laid by a Muslim saint, Mian Meer. This was an example of the strong bond of unity and brotherhood between the two communities. He said Sikhs could never repay the noble gesture made by Nawab of Malerkotla by raising voice against the execution of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh's Sahibzadas (sons) at Sirhind.

Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, chief parliamentary secretary Farzana Alam and Punjab Wakf Board chairman Izhar Alam were also present.

Sukhbir assures burial grounds in villages

Bathinda: Meanwhile at Bathinda, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal sharing Eid festivities with Muslims assured to allot lands for burial grounds from panchayat lands. Sukhbir said the soon a policy would be framed by state government to allot lands for burial grounds to villages across the state having sizeable Muslim population. He also said that the wards of minority communities would be covered under the Ashirwad scheme to provide educational facilities. The students belonging to minority communities are being asked to apply online for the facilities and state government hopes to provide educational facilities to 1.5 lac students. He also assured to construct dwelling units for Muslim families in 18 acres at Bathinda. Muslim human welfare society had arranged the Eid-Ul-Fitr celebrations where ADC(D) Mohammad Tayyab, society chairman Anish Ahmed, president Sukhdev Khan, former SP Khushi Mohammad were present.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)
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