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The Punjab Cabinet today decided to hand over the management of the Saragarhi gurdwara to the administration of Saragarhi Memorial Management Trust, Ferozepur to ensure better upkeep of the historic site. The Trust comprises highly decorated serving army men and ex-servicemen as its trustees, whom the Cabinet found to be best equipped to take on the task of protecting and maintaining the important site located at Ferozepur Cantonment. The Cabinet cancelled the orders of the previous SAD-BJP combine government entrusting the management of the gurdwara to Baba Nand Singh Gurdwara Nanaksar Kaleran, Jagraon, for a period of thirty years, an official spokesperson disclosed after a meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The SAD-BJP combine government had issued the orders after Chief Organiser Baba Lakha Singh, Gurdwara Nanaksar Kalera, Jagraon, submitted an application seeking handing over of the services of maintenance of the Saragarhi Gurdwara to them. Captain Amarinder had announced his government's intent to transfer the upkeep of the gurdwara to the Trust at the recent event to launch his book on the historic Saragarhi battle which took place on September 12, 1897. Captain Amarinder, himself an ex-Army man, made it clear that the various memorials of martyrs in Punjab would not be allowed to deteriorate under his regime, as happened under the previous government. "These memorials of our brave soldiers would be provided the kind of maintenance and upkeep they deserve," the Chief Minister reiterated at the cabinet meeting.
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