Kapurthala, September 23:(STN) Punjab Chief Minister Mr Charanjit Singh Channi today said that state of the art museum on name Bharat Ratna Baba Sahib Dr BR Ambedkar will act as a beacon for perpetuating the glorious legacy of Baba sahib amongst our coming generations.

Addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone of museum and handing over job letters to youth in state level mega job fair here at IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, the Chief Minister said that the state government will spend Rs 150 crore on this prestigious project which will be a humble but befitting tribute to the iconic leader. He said that this memorial will go a long in perpetuating the life and philosophy of this great leader who played a great role welfare of poorest of poor. Mr Channi said that this project will be a unique amalgamation of facts in the subjects pertaining to the life, work and philosophy of Dr. Ambedkar.

The Chief Minister further said that this aesthetically designed Museum will be spread over an area of 25 acre and will come up with an investment of about Rs 150 crores. He said that the museum will be divided into five zones with galleries showcasing life, philosophy, work, personal life and socio-economic impact of Baba Sahib’s philosophy. Paying rich tributes to Dr. Ambedkar, Mr. Channi described him as a great scholar, jurist, economist, social reformer and a statesman.

The Chief Minister said that Dr Ambedkar was one of the most towering personalities in the entire world history. He said that though Baba Sahib hailed from a humble family but his outstanding contribution has brought him in the league of global leaders. Mr Channi said that Indian Constitution was an outcome of Dr. Ambedkar’s hard work, dedication and vision adding that Babasaheb was not only leader of weaker sections but he represented the entire humanity.

The Chief Minister said that the philosophy of Baba Sahib Ambedkar enables a person to scale any height in life despite of any adversity. He said that the golden mantra of Baba Sahib to acquire education and excel in life has transformed lives of millions of people. Mr Channi said that he himself is here just because the philosophy of Dr Ambedkar which coupled with hard work has guided his destiny.

Complementing the newly employed youngsters, the Chief Minister said that it is good for them that they have got these jobs but this shall not be their final destination and they have to strive hard for achieving more success in future. He asked the youngsters to take inspiration from Baba Sahib for excelling in life. Mr Channi assured fulsome support and cooperation to youngsters for carving out a new and vibrant Punjab.

The Chief Minister said that his only aim is to make Punjab a prosperous and progressive state for which he will make strenuous efforts. Soliciting support of youth for making Punjab a corruption free state, Mr Channi said that state government will adopt zero tolerance policy towards corruption for which youth needs to play a proactive role. He said that education is the only key to uplift the living standard of weaker and underprivileged sections due to which government is laying major thrust on strengthening education infrastructure in state.

The Chief Minister said that the state government is taking important initiatives in this direction and will soon set up Dr BR Ambedkar Institute of Management in collaboration with IIM, Amritsar at Kapurthala. Likewise, he said that School of Ambedkar thoughts and Bharat Ratna Dr Baba Sahib Ambedkar centre for Research in Inequality and Research will also be set up in Doaba region. Similarly, he said that work on two medical Colleges one at Kapurthala and other at Hoshiarpur will also start soon.

Announcing major development projects for Kapurthala, the Chief Minister said that a consolidated grant of Rs 10 crore will be given to Kapurthala along with Rs 4 crore for tackling power wires. He also announced that ITI will be made operational from this session only. Mr Channi also announced a grant of Rs 10 crore for setting up ITI at Sultanpur lodhi.

Earlier, MLA Rana Gurjit Singh, while welcoming the Chief Minister, lauded him for giving this prestigious project to people. He said that it is an apt tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar and a special gift for millions of his followers. Rana Gurjit Singh said that it is a matter of great pride and satisfaction for us that Congress has realised the dream of Dr BR Ambedkar to empower Schedule caste brethren by appointing Mr Channi as Chief Minister of state.

On the occasion Lok Sabha MP Jasbir Singh Dimpa also thanked the Chief Minister.

Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included MPs Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Chaudhary Santokh Singh and Mohammed Saddique, MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh, Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Mr Navtej Singh Cheema, Dr Raj Kumar Verka, Mr Sushil Kumar Rinku, Mr Rajinder Beri, Chaudhary Surinder Singh, Mr Avtar Singh Bawa Henry, Mr Santokh Singh Bhalaipur, Mr Balwinder Singh Laddi, Chaudhary Darshan Lal Mangupur, Mr Angad Singh, Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal and Dr Harjot Kamal, Chairman Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Chairman Punjab Technical Education Board Mr Mohinder Singh Kay Pee, Chairman Punjab Health System corporation Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Chairman Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Mayor Municipal Corporation Jalandhar Mr Jagdish Raj Raja and other officers were also present.