Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today urged the Government of India to start more international fights from Shaeed Bhagat Singh International Airport to facilitate the Punjabi diaspora across the globe.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a function to rename the airport here today, urged the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to flag this issue with the Prime Minister and her counterpart in Civil Aviation. He said that today is the 115th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and this day has been made memorable with the decision to name airport after the legendary martyr. Bhagwant Mann said that the Union government must start more flights from this airport.

The Chief Minister said that Punjab Diaspora from across the globe has been demanding such flights to ensure air connectivity from the state to Canada, America, Australia and other parts of the world. He said that besides commuters from Punjab these flights will also benefit the commuters from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu-Kashmir and other states. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government has made concerted efforts for renaming this airport after name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

The Chief Minister profusely thanked the Union government for naming the airport after Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. Bhagwant Mann said that a long lending demand of the entire country has been filled adding that heart of every Countryman is filled with joy. Paying floral tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, he said that the young martyr is remembered not only for his heroism but also for his philosophy of socialism and fight against injustice.

The Chief Minister said that the life and philosophy of young martyr will always inspire the young generations to serve the country with patriotic zeal. He said that today is a red letter day in history of state as this airport has been named after the great son of soil. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government is making concerted efforts for realising the dream of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and no stone is being left unturned for this noble cause.

Earlier, Union Finance Minister accompanied by Governor Punjab Banwari Lal Purohit, Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Union Minister General (Retired) VK Singh, Member Parliament Kirron Kher, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala and Haryana Minister Anil Vij unveiled the plaque to name the airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

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