Punjab CM Channi promises Ravidas Chair at Dera Sachkhand Ballan

Jalandhar, September 22

Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, accompanied by his deputy Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, today paid obeisance at Dera Sachkhand Ballan. He said the Sri Guru Ravidas Chair would be set up adjoining the dera. He said the government would ensure the operation and maintenance of the Chair for 10 years. He said he wanted to set it up like a huge research centre on the life and philosophy of the guru.

The CM also said he would lay the foundation stone of a museum dedicated to Dr BR Ambedkar at Kapurthala tomorrow. Likewise, a management college in the name of Dr Ambedkar would also be set up. At this point, Channi said, “Our community does not need free atta and dal. Such schemes are of not much use in present times. We need to empower our coming generations by providing them good education and my government will work for it”.

Sant Niranjan Dass honoured the CM with a shawl and siropa. Channi also visited Khatkar Kalan to pay tribute to Bhagat Singh at his ancestral place. — TNS

Channi shrugs off jet ride criticism

Reacting to the criticism over the use a private jet on Tuesday, Channi said, “Tusin eh likh deyo ke je gareeb da munda jahajaan de upar charh gya tan ki takleef hai? (What is the problem if a poor man’s son takes a jet ride?)”. He, however, did not respond when asked about who would foot the bill, even as there were reports that Sidhu had paid the dues.

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