Punjab to organise state-level function on Kukas' Martyrdom Day

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Chandigarh, Jan 8 (UNI) The Punjab government has decided to organise a state-level function at Malerkotla today January 17 to observe Kukas' Martyrdom Day.

A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of Kuka Martyrs Memorial Committee presided by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

A spokesman of the state government said in the meeting it was also decided to organise another state-level function to commemorate the birthday of Satguru Ram Singh Ji at Rayia village in Ludhiana district on February 11 as a part of the year-long celebrations of 150 years of the Kuka Movement.

The committee decided to invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to preside over the event keeping in view its national importance.

The Chief Minister assured the members of the Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust that he would take up the matter of installing the portrait of Satguru Ram Singh Ji in the Lok Sabha with the Speaker.

The spokesman said another meeting of Bhaini Sahib Rayia Development Board was chaired by Mr Badal to develop Rayia as a model village to pay befitting tributes to the Satguru.

The Chief Minister asked the Principal Secretary Health to put up a proposal for setting up of 25 bedded hospital at Bhaini Sahib to provide basic health care facilities to the people.

Mr Badal assured the members of the board that the state government would provide basic civic amenities of drinking water and sewerage to the residents of the nearby villages besides upgrading the different link roads to Rayia and Bhaini Sahib.

The Chief Minister reiterated that the state government was committed to the all round development of the historical villages of Rayia and Bhaini Sahib which have been associated with India's freedom struggle and the Kuka Movement.

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