Gurdaspur: On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Independence Day, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder, Singh conferred state awards to 45 persons for their valuable contribution to the society and dedicated services.
The awardees included social and religious activists, police personnel and government officials. The awards were conferred at the state level Independence Day function held here at the Shaheed Lt. Navdeep Singh Ashok Chakra Sports Stadium.
Those, who were conferred the state awards included Hazoora Singh Fire Officer Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, Naresh Kumar and Lovelesh Kumar (all firemen at Municipal Corporation) Ludhiana, Saudagar Singh of PESCO working as fireman at Ludhiana, Manpreet Kaur village Shahpur Theri, Sangrur, Surjit Singh Doohre, village Doohre of Jalandha, Inder Singh Gogia, founder member Sri Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Society, Ferozepur City, Ravi S Ahluwalia of Patiala, Dr. Bhupinder Singh, SMO in charge Civil Hospital Pathankot, Sohan Maheshwari, Bathinda, Vijay Goel of Bathinda, Kewal Krishan of Bathinda, Vijay Kumar of Bathinda, Satnam Singh of village Lachowal of Hoshiarpur, Piara Singh of Sangrur, Tejinder Kaur of Kharar, Mohali, Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sidhu, Deputy Director-cum-District Dental Health Officer, Gurdaspur, Amarjit Singh of Bathinda, Dr. Rehman Akhtar, Assistant Professor, Pharsi, Urdu and Arbi Department Punjabi University, Patiala, Ali Mohammad of Rajpura, Gurmit Singh Sidhu, Professor in Department of Guru Gobind Singh Religion Study Center, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr. Jaswant Singh, Medical Officer (Surgeon) VVIP Medical Team, Chief Minister, Punjab, Dr. Ram Sakal Singh, Director PAU's Agriculture Research Center, Gurdaspur, Dr. Vikram Raj Singh Chauhan, Forensic Scientist, Patiala Bureau of Identification, Amrik Singh, Soil Testing cum Block Agriculture Officer, Dr. Damanjit Sandhu, Associate Professor, Psychatric Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, Naresh Kumar, Sub Divisional Engineer, PWD (B&R), Pathankot, Golu Mann, Abul Khurana, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Dr. Dharam Singh Sandhu, Principal SCD Government College, Ludhiana, Darshan Arora, Chairman Ludhiana Citizen Council, Charanjit Singh of Malerkotla, Sangrur, Yashpal Bangian, Ludhiana, Ms Poonam, Raju Rajinder Singh, both of Pingalwara, Amritsar, Davinder Singh, Lecturer, SAS Nagar, Harinder Singh Grewal, ETT Teacher Nabha (Patiala), Rajinder Kumar, ETT, Faridkot, Mrs. Vatsla Kumari, ETT teacher, Hoshiarpur, Gurbachan Singh, ASI in Punjab Police, Amritsar and Tarsem Garg, social activists, Sangrur.
The Chief Minister also honoured five police officials, Harvinder Singh Virk, SP Investigation, Patiala, Inspector Shaminder Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib, ASI Tejinder Singh, Patiala, ASI Pushpinder Singh, Bathinda and Head Constable Sanjiv Kumar from Bathinda.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected the parade and took the salute of the march past led by Commander, DSP Jashandeep Singh Gill and Second-in- Command, Sukhvinder Singh Goraya. The parade included contingents from Punjab Police, PAP, Uttarakhand Police, Chandigarh Police, Punjab Home Guards, ex-Servicemen and boys and girls from NCC.
On the occasion children from different schools of Gurdaspur presented well choreographed and impressive PT, Gatka and Yoga shows. They also presented a cultural programme of Giddha and Bhangra dances.
Capt. Amarinder Singh also interacted with freedom fighters, Hukam Singh of Kahnuwan, Arjan Singh of Pandori Village, Vassan Singh of village Gauspura and Najar Singh of village Jindar.
The Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs 5 lac for the children who participated in the cultural show. The local administration also announced holiday on Wednesday for all the schools that participated in the celebrations.