On the historic completion of 75 years of our country’s Independence, I extend my heartiest felicitations to the people of India, particularly of Punjab and Chandigarh.
On this day, I pay my respectful reverence to all those self sacrificing, devoted leaders and patriots who struggled, strived and sacrificed their lives for country’s freedom. I also pay tributes to the brave members of our armed forces who laid down their lives while protecting the integrity and boundaries of our country.
This Independence Day assumes all the more importance as it marks not only the completion of 75 years of our evolutionary journey but also connotes the seven and half decades of our united efforts towards making the country’s presence felt in the whole world as a fastest growing economy and a powerful Nation.
India has crossed a milestone with completion of 75 years of Independence. We are celebrating this occasion as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. It is heartening to note that our people, especially youngsters are participating enthusiastically in a variety of events and programmes organized to commemorate the land mark year. It is a great opportunity for not only the next generation but all of us to reconnect with our past. Our freedom struggle was an inspiring chapter in our splendid saga. In this 75 years of Independence let us rediscover the values that animated our glorious National Movement.
The unprecedented contribution of Punjab to the cause of Freedom of our country is unmatched anywhere in the history of the world. The great martyrs Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Shaheed Udham Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Dewan Singh Kalepani and many more who shed every drop of their blood and had languished in Jails, have left a rich legacy for all of us which demands unbounded love and respect for our motherland besides firm commitment to preserve India’s glory and independence.
It is a matter of great pride to recall the laudable contribution of the people of Punjab who have always displayed courage and commitment to the cause of freedom. Punjab has always been on the forefront and known as a Progressive State of India.
Today, we have some challenges before us and we have to pay special attention to check social evils like, the menace of drug addiction, female foeticide and environment degradation. The Government of Punjab has resolved to banish drugs from the State. To effectively implement this campaign against drugs, the State has evolved a multi-pronged strategy leaving no stone unturned to nip in the bud.
Punjab Government has tightened the noose around the corruption plaguing the government machinery. Transparent and corruption free administrative set up is the basic right of a citizen of a democratic country. Let us all resolve to support the efforts against and corruption and addiction. Let us resolve towards making Punjab a Rangla Punjab.
Over the years, Chandigarh has been making impressive strides in fulfilling the socio-economic aspirations of the people. The Administration has brought numerous policies and programmes demonstrating its care and concern for the well-being of the Citizen. The Administration is working energetically for the development of the City by creating requisite infrastructure.
Believing in minimum government and maximum governance, Administration is making constant changes to our existing system to make it more streamlined and citizen centric. It is the matter of pride that Chandigarh has been awarded ‘the Certificate of Excellence for the District Skill Development Plan 2020-21’ and has also received SKOCH Order of Merit award 2021-22.
Inspired by the dynamic leadership of our Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Nation is asserting itself vigorously in the present. Considering the huge wealth of talent that the Nation is endowed with, future promises to be even rosier. It is in our hands to make that happen. Let us stay committed to evolve India that is inclusive and vibrant in growth opportunities.
I call upon the people of Chandigarh and Punjab, Elected Representatives of Public, Civil & Police officers, Ex-servicemen, youth, doctors, academicians, Intellectuals, NGOs, Voluntary Organisations and Media to resolve to take our country to new heights with a new fervor and new energy. Let us, on this occasion, renew our pledge to collectively work hard performing our duties with sincerity, commitment, devotion and dedication, keeping the interest of our country upper most.
I once again extend my heartfelt greetings and best wishes to the people of Punjab and Chandigarh for a glorious future. May the devotion to the nation be the life breath that sustains and inspires us.