Punjab Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora today stated that Lord Vishwakarma Ji was the founder of the Craft, Architecture and Engineering on the earth. He said that whatever industrial and infrastructure growth today we observe around, was happening only with the blessings and mechanical skills created by Lord Vishwakarma that had facilitated mankind to grow faster with technological day-by-day advancements.
He said this while addressing the gathering on the occasion of state level function organised on the occasion of Vishwakarma Day at Vishwakarma Bhawan in Miller Ganj area of city, here today.
On this occasion, he also announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh for the construction of Vishwakarma Mandir building. He further said that in line with the ideology and teachings of Lord Vishwakarma, the Punjab government has been laying thrust on imparting skill training to the youth across the state so they could live a life with dignity and self respect. Lord Vishwakarma Ji was a divine architect of the entire universe, who was believed to be the master of all machinery and equipments being used by the people in the industrial activities.
Exhorting the people to follow the footsteps of this great Deity of all craftsmen and architects, Mr Sunder Sham Arora said the promotion of skill training across the state would be befitting tribute to the Lord Vishwakarma, who has ever inspired the artisans, workers and labour class to work hard with utmost dedication and commitment.
While speaking to media persons on the occasion, Mr Arora urged the union government to start train service as it is damaging the Punjab industry. He said that as the goods trains are not plying, a loss of Rs 22,000 crore has been reported for industries in Ludhiana and Jalandhar alone. He said that even more than 13,500 containers are lying at Dhandari Dry Port and they could not be sent to other parts of the country.
MLAs Mr Rakesh Pandey and Mr Surinder Dawar appealed the people, especially the Punjabi youth to improve their professional skills following the message of Lord Vishwakarma to enhance their abilities for capturing new jobs avenues created with the induction of modern technology and efforts of the state government.
Punjab Medium Industries Development Board Chairman Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka urged the state government to assist the managing committee for the construction of Vishwakarma Bhawan. He also thanked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for choosing this historic Vishwakarma Mandir for organising the state level function of Vishwakarma Day.
On this occasion, the Vishwakarma Bhawan Committee honoured several prominent industrialists namely Mr Baljinder Singh Kalsi, Mr Surinder Singh Riyat, Mr Raghbir Singh Sohal, Dr Avtar Singh Khaire, Mr Harwinder Singh Chaggar, Mr Jagdish Singh Kular, Mr Jasmer Singh, Mr Nirmaljit Singh, Mr Darshan Singh Lotey, Mr Kashmir Singh, Mr Dinesh Singh Bhogal, Mr Amritpal Singh Crystal, Mr Surjit Singh Chaggar with Vishwakarma Awards, besides sewing machines were also distributed amongst needy women.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included PSIDC Chairman Mr KK Bawa, PSIEC Chairman Mr Gurpreet Singh Bassi, PLIDB Senior Vice Chairman Mr Ramesh Joshi, Mayor Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, Deputy Mayor Mr Sham Sunder Malhotra, Bankfinco vice chairman Mohd Gulab, DCC Ludhiana (Urban) President Mr Ashwani Sharma, Mandir Committee president Mr Ranjit Kumar Salh, besides several others.