Fatehgarh Sahib, Jul 31 (UNI) While Punjab government observed the 69th martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh today at a state-level function at his birthplace Sunam, the official ceremony at the memorial built in the martyr's memory at Rouza Sharif here remained a low-key affair as usual.
The doors of memorial, known as Rouza Sharif, where the then Chief Minister Giani Zail Singh had buried the urn containing the ashes of Shaheed Udham Singh brought from London in 1975, were opened only a few days before and were slammed shut for the rest of the year after the ceremony was over.
Though tributes were paid by district officials including Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Singla and SSP Dr Kaustabh Sharma, no efforts were made to promote public participation in the event.
In fact, most of the youngsters are not even aware about existence of the memorial, as the state government and local administration have failed to even put up signboard on the road leading to the monument.
The proposals to develop the monument have been stalled and even the announcement by former Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner S K Ahluwalia to rope in services of a renowned architect to develop the memorial, has so far remained empty words.
While paying tributes, DC Ashok Singla today assured that the district administration will make arrangements of funds for beautification of the memorial.
However, in view of the Punjab government's neglect towards the memorial, some young leaders of a few local outfits like Punjab Youth Club Organisation and Nehru Yuva Kender have taken the initiative to collect about Rs 70,000 from public to maintain the place.
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