Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sanctioned Rs 70 lakh for the upgradation of nine existing burial places and five madrassas across the state.
The decision was taken by Badal in a meeting with the Muslim delegation led by Punjab State Minority Commission member Haafiz Tehseen Ahmed here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's office said.
The Chief Minister asked the delegation to take initiative for establishing a modern school for their children to impart quality education to them, for which the state government would provide land and grant financial assistance.
Badal also reiterated the state government's commitment to provide land for burial places in villages and towns by the concerned panchaytas and municipal committees as per their requirement in line with the already approved policy by the departments of rural development and panchaytas and local government.
Interacting with the delegation, the Chief Minister called upon the Muslim community to further strengthen ethos of peace, communal harmony, and brotherhood in the state.
He said the SAD-BJP alliance was committed to ensure welfare and development of all the communities belonging to different castes and religions as "our great gurus, saints, seers, and prophets have disseminated the message of universal brotherhood, amity, and religious tolerance."
He assured the members of Muslim community to extend all possible help and cooperation for the prosperity of the Muslim brethren.
Badal also emphasised the need to bridge the communication gap between the state administration and the different communities so as to ensure prompt redressal of their grievances.