North Gazette News/Chandigarh
Overwhelmed over conferring of Padma Vibhushan award on him by Indian government on Sunday, Punjab Chief Minster Parkash Singh Badal said that he has been ‘overwhelmed with feelings of boundless humility at being chosen for the rare honour of Padma Vibhushan’.
Badal dedicated the award to ‘millions of humble and hard working people toiling in farms, shops, offices and homes in villages and cities to make India a better place to live in’.
“This is an honour bestowed on the proud and patriotic people of Punjab who have always braved heavy odds to remain sword arm and the bread winners for their fellow countrymen. I owe this honour to countless of those selfless people who have always showered unquestioning love and trust on me in our shared quest for a better future for generations to come,” Badal said.
The Chief Minister said that this honour will fill him with even greater humility and determination to continue to work for the upliftment of the people, especially the poor and the down trodden and the hard earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state.
“I rededicate myself to the task of greater glory for my state Punjab and the country,” he added.