Give one percent of earnings for education: Badal to Sikhs

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 14, 2010 14:50 hrs

Chandigarh, Nov 14 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday urged established Sikhs all across the world to contribute one per cent of their earnings to provide free quality education to poor children in the state.

'We have called upon the Sikh intellectuals, representatives of social and religious organisations to jointly chalk out an action plan to impart quality education based on Sikh values to our children, throughout the country, and to establish a fund for this purpose,' he said.

'I also appeal the Sikhs who have established themselves all over the world to contribute only one per cent of their earnings for the cause to provide free quality education to the children of the poor class in Punjab,' Badal added.

A huge number of NRIs from different parts of Punjab are based in the US, Britain, Canada, Australia, the Gulf countries and in various European countries.

'The main aim of our government is to empower the masses through education and to make them employable or self-employable. We have already initiated the 'Adarsh school' scheme to provide free education to the intelligent rural students in the state,' said Badal.