Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Woh Kahan Hain ?
Tribune News Service
Litterateurs and art lovers rue that though leaders of various political parties are not leaving any stone unturned to woo electors, they have failed to complete and maintain the Shiv Batalvi Cultural Centre here dedicated to legendary Punjabi language poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi.
Sukhwant Singh Gill, president, Citizen Welfare Forum, Batala, said about Rs 52 lakh had been spent for the construction of the centre, but it was yet to be completed. He lamented that such a treatment was being meted out to Shiv, known as John Keats of Punjabi poetry.
The then Governor of Punjab Aminudin Ahmad had laid the foundation stone for the Centre at the Batala-Jalandhar road. A Shiv Kumar Batalvi Memorial Trust was also constituted of which the Deputy Commissioner of Gurdaspur was made chairman and SDM, Batala, Rahul Chabba its ex-officio secretary.
Former national president, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Bhupinder Singh Maan said he had given Rs 10 lakh out of the MPLAD fund to repair the centre which made it functional in 1995. However, it remained operational only for two years.
Blaming political interference and bureaucratic hassles responsible, he alleged it marred its functioning.