Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, announced that state’s Muslim-majority town from Sangrur district called Malerkotla will be treated as a separate district now. This announcement was made of Friday at an event on Eid-ul-Fitr.
During the pre-poll campaign, Malerkotla was promised a district status by congress. CM said in a video conference that he knew this had been a long-pending demand.
Another announcement that Amarinder Singh made was of establishing a Rs 500-crore medical college, a new bust stand, a women police station and a women’s college in Malerkotla.
Muslim-majority town Malerkotla
CM said in a tweet, “Happy to share that on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my govt has announced Malerkotla as the newest district in the state. The 23rd district holds huge historical significance. Have ordered to immediately locate a suitable site for the district administrative complex.”
CM mentioned that the first instalment of 50 crore rupees has been sanctioned. The new bus stand to be constructed would cost around 10 crore, he said.
The district’s culture and heritage will be promoted. Its holistic development will be ensured for which Punjab CM announced to give 6 crore rupees under UEIP (Urban Environment Improvement Programme).
CM also said that he has written to Aga Khan Foundation to take care of conservation and restoration of Mubarak Manzil Palace that will help promote the heritage of the recently declared district.
He said that this town has been blessed by Guru Gobind Singh and also by Sufi saint Baba Haider Sheikh. Further, he shared some of the historical incidents that have taken place in Malerkotla which make it an auspicious and historically significant place.