Another year gone, Udham Singh memorial awaits completion - ECAS Punjab

Another year gone, Udham Singh memorial awaits completion

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 31

Cabinet Minister Vijay Inder Singla today paid tributes to Udham Singh on his martyrdom day at Sunam. He said the construction of his memorial, which was pending for the past many years, would be completed by September.

However, family members of freedom fighters blocked the Patiala-Sunam road and climbed atop a water tank over their long-pending demands.

"After the formation of the Congress government in 2017, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh got a construction plan worth Rs 2.62 crore finalised as per the demand of residents. Though Covid has delayed the construction, it will be completed before September 30, 2020. Now, a museum will also be constructed in place of an open air theatre where the belongings of Udham Singh will be kept," Singla said.

"Apart from building the museum, the government will also coordinate with the Centre to bring back the belongings of Udham Singh from London," he said.

However, locals alleged that the government remembered the freedom fighter only on his martyrdom day. "The construction work gains pace only near the martyrdom day while, for the remaining year, no one bothers about it. This is giving a bad name to the government," said Yadwinder Singh, a Sunam resident. SAD chief Sukhbir Badal also visited Sunam and paid tributes to the martyr.

"Capt Amarinder Singh and his team are looting Punjab. The construction of the memorial was started by our government, but the Congress delayed the project," he alleged.

The kin of freedom fighters, under the banner of the Freedom Fighters Successors' Organisation, Punjab, blocked the Patiala-Sunam road while some members climbed atop a water tank for their long-pending demands, which include houses to families of freedom fighters, free electricity, exemption at toll plazas, free medical and education facilities and jobs to the kin of freedom fighters.

"Leaders are playing politics. They are not serious for the plight of families of freedom fighters. Though we have lifted our protest, we will start an indefinite stir again if the government fails to fulfil our demands till August 5," said Harinder Singh Khalsa, organisation president.

from The Tribune

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