On Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh gifted an Eidi to the Muslim community with the announcement of carving out the 23rd district of the State of Punjab- Malerkotla. This Muslim- dominated town is part of the Sangrur district at present. This development at the hands of the Punjab Government was made public during a State level Eid-ul-Fitr event. The adjoining areas of Amargarh and Ahmednagar will also become a part of the newest district of the State. The district status for Malerkotla was a pre-poll promise made by the Congress.
Addressing the public via a video conference, the Punjab Chief Minister said that it was a historic day and he was delighted that he could do something for Malerkotla. He highlighted the fact that how Malerkotla was a historical town while narrating its history. He stated how he knew that this was a long-pending demand. Along with the district- status, the Chief Minister announced the construction of a 500- crore medical college, a women’s college, a women’s police station, and a new bus stand in Malerkotla.
Later, he took to Twitter to declare the same and tweeted, “Happy to share on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my Govt. has announced Malerkotla as the newest district in the State. The 23rd district holds huge historical significance. I have ordered to immediately locate a suitable site for the district administrative complex.”
Happy to share that on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my Govt has announced Malerkotla as the newest district in the state. The 23rd district holds huge historical significance. Have ordered to immediately locate a suitable site for the district administrative complex. pic.twitter.com/9j6pNRgXWC
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 14, 2021
As per Singh, India’s secular character was realized recently with the defeat of ‘communal forces’ at West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Recalling history, he stated that Punjab had only 13 districts at the time of independence. Saying that Malerkotla has had a rich history, he mentioned how the creation of the new district will lessen the difficulties of the people in handling administrative problems. He added that bringing villages under the jurisdiction of Malerkotla will begin later after the conclusion of the Census procedure is met. Initially, only sub-divisions of the Ahmednagar and Malerkotla, as well as the sub-tehsil of Amargarh will be included in the district.
The Sangrur deputy commissioner has been directed to find a suitable building to start the functioning of the district administration office at the earliest. The deputy commissioner for the 23rd district will be appointed soon. Apart from this, the setting up of a new Government medical college in the name of Sher Muhammad Khan, who had been a Nawab of Malerkotla was also declared. 25 acres of land has already been set aside on the Raikot road for the same. The first instalment of 50 crores for the medical college has already been sanctioned. Apart from this, a Government College for Women will also come up. The district will also get a women’s police station and a 10 crores worth bus stand.
To ensure that all-around development of the district takes place, an allocation of Rs. 6 crores was also announced under the Urban Environment Improvement Programme (UEIP). The aspect of heritage development was not overlooked as well. The Chief Minister has already written to the Aga Khan Foundation to look after the restoration and conservation of the Mubarak Manzil Palace. As per Singh, the maintenance of this 150-year-old palace will be a befitting tribute to the Nawabs of Malerkotla.
Taking a stroll down the memory lane, Capt. Amarinder Singh, who hails from the former Patiala royalty recalled his cordial ties with the then Nawab of Malerkotla, whom he lovingly called ‘chachaji’ and who called him ‘bhateej’ with love, during Singh’s early childhood visits to the town.
On Saturday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his displeasure at this move of the Punjab Government. Yogi took to Twitter to slam the decision and said, “Any kind of discrimination based on ideology or religion is paradoxical to the basic essence of the Indian Constitution. Forming the Malerkotla district in Punjab right now is the sign of Congress’ ideology of divisive politics.”
मत और मजहब के आधार पर किसी प्रकार का विभेद भारत के संविधान की मूल भावना के विपरीत है।
इस समय, मलेरकोटला (पंजाब) का गठन किया जाना कांग्रेस की विभाजनकारी नीति का परिचायक है।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 15, 2021
At this point, it is pertinent to note that the State Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab are to take place simultaneously during February- March next year; along with Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa.
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