Badrukhan (Sangrur) Nov 13 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced to open an "Adarsh School" in the memory of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh at his home village Badrukhan.
Presiding over a state level function on the occasion of birth anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh here, Mr Badal said this school would be named as 'Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh Memorial Adrash School'.
It would be constructed at a cost of Rs 3 crore to provide quality education to the economically poor and bright students as a part of state wide campaign to upgrade the educational infrastructure in Punjab.
Paying glorious tributes to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Chief Minister said Maharaja was great ruler of his times. Probably he was the only ruler who propagated secularism practically, he added.
Dwelling upon the aspect of quality education, Mr Badal said rural education was being accorded top priority on Government's agenda and to achieve this goal the Government was committed to set up one Adarsh school in each block of the state to ensure quality education to the poor students.
Unfolding the plans for overall development and progress in the state, Mr Badal said three new thermal plants would be set up in the state to overcome the shortage of power supply so that Punjab would became a power surplus state within next four years.
''Once Punjab becomes self reliant in power consequently it would kick of industrialization at a quicker pace,'' adding industrialization was the only answer to get rid of state's stagnated economy because agriculture had already reached a point of saturation.
Responding to the local demands, the Chief Minister said the life size statue of Maharaja would be installed at Badrukhan village.