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LONDON: The British Sikh Association has conferred the ‘Jewel of Punjab Award’ on Punjab ‘s minister parliamentary affairs and industry minister Madan Mohan Mittal.
Mittal was among five prominent people honoured by the British Sikh Association (BSA) at its annual dinner gala here on Thursday.
Paul Uppal, the only Sikh MP in the British House of Commons, was also among those honoured.
Honouring the Punjab minister with the `Jewel of Punjab Award,’ the British Sikh Association citation said, “Mittal is spearheading a project on improving Punjab’s health, by developing, UK-Indian healthcare relations. He is also leading a campaign with Parkash Singh Badal on cancer prevention, and treatments, as well as drug de-addiction and mental health issues in Punjab; they have opened cancer centres in the districts of Punjab in order to get healthcare to the rural sector.’’
Mittal, who belongs to the BJP and has just been given the industry portfolio, thanked the BSA for the award.
“I will present the award to Parkash Singh Badal, the Chief Minister,’’ the minister said.
While Mittal was given the `Jewel of Punjab Award,’ four others were given the `Sikh Jewel Award’ for their excellence in various walks of life.
Those honoured with the `Sikh Jewel Award’ included Conservative MP Paul Uppal; Ravinder Singh Gidar, founder and MD of Gold Care Homes; Dr Pooja Dassan of Ealing Hospital and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; and Prof Jaspal S Kooner, who is a clinical cardiologist and clinician scientist.