Punjab CM announces Rs. 20 Cr for Sri Guru Ravidass Memorial
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a grant of Rs 20 crore for establishing Sri Guru Ravidass Memorial at Khuralgarh Sahib in District Hoshiarpur, besides Rs. 6 crore for completion of Ambedkar Bhawan in Ludhiana.
The Chief Minister also announced a new Degree College in Buta Mandi, Jalandhar City, and establishment of Dr. BR Ambedkar Chair in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He pointed out that the Akalis, with their anti-Dalit policies, had allowed the GNDU chair to lapse and had failed to revive it.
The Chief Minister was addressing a state-level function to commemorate the 127th Birth Anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar, the Father of the Indian Constitution, which was marked by debt waiver of up to Rs 50,000 each for beneficiaries of Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation and Punjab Backward Classes Land Development & Finance Corporation.
While Rs 45.41 crore has been waived for 14260 beneficiaries in the first category, another 1630 beneficiaries have benefitted to the tune of Rs. 6.59 crore in the second category.
In a token gesture, the Chief Minister handed over waiver certificates to 15 loanees -10 from SC Land Development and Finance Corporation and 5 from BC Land Development and Finance Corporation.