To keep alive the memory of their ancestors, the Trustees would like the Foundation to undertake charity projects in Dera Baba Nanak. Some suggestions received are as follows:
1. Procure the remnant ancestral piece of land measuring approx 250 sq yds left with family in Galli Quilewale, Mulkh Raj Mohalla from the Trustees as gift. This has already been completed. The piece of land is now registered under the Foundation. The plot has been cleared of the debris, flattened, and barricaded.
2. Purchase the adjoining land (approx 5 marlas) on the side from Mrs Nirmal w/o late Gobind Ram and approx 4 marlas in front from Sardar Mangal Singh. They are both willing to sell. The purchase from Mrs Nirmal has already been completed. That piece of land is now registered under the Foundation. The plot has been segregated from the remaining property of Mrs Nirmal. The plot at 1 above and this plot are adjoining and connected. A gate has been affixed at the entrance to the plots from the Galli. As for the plot of Mangal Singh, negotiation efforts are on.
3. Try and convince S Kulwant Singh Bedi to sell his portion, which is approx 300 sq yds, to the Foundation. If successful, the Foundation would then own approx 1000 sq yds of plot. Further when Kulwant Singh decides to part with his present house, the foudation should also take that on to increase the holding to over 1500 sq yds with large frontage. These acquisitions are with the aim of re-possession of the lost heritage.
4. Having procured and consolidated the ancestral land, the Foundation should get a building constructed on the said plot for usage as a girls school for vocational studies/ skill studies/ Dispensary/ physiotherapy centre/ de-addiction centre etc. The project could then be handed over to a charity / NGO / Para Military/Defence forces for managing and running the same or could be self managed as a self sustaining project.
5. After concluding the ancestral land projects, the Foundation would like to take on a bigger project, may be a dispensary on a sizeable piece of land to be procured near the Devi Mata Mandir.
6. The Foundation also wishes to look at big development projects, for which Finance, Political patronage and sensitization, and project management needs to be evaluated and put in place. One such project could be converting DBN into a “Flies Free” town. Flies are a menace in DBN. That is all due to poor sanitation and external exposed sewerage. DBN is a sacred place for the Sikhs. The Punjab government has to be sensitized to do more for this town. Sanitation and Sewerage Project with a sewer treatment plant would be a boon for this town and make the place worthy of its name and heritage.
7. The Foundation could also lend its voice and support to organizations that are spearheading the campaign for the ‘Kartarpur Corridor Project’ which has been a demand of the Sikh community for several years.
8. Other projects could include upkeep and maintenance of the Samadhs of Bedi ancestors so as to provide befitting sanctity to such places; Compiling and dissemination of our history and heritage to the coming generations; Creating employment opportunities for the jobless belonging to DBN, Creating sports facilities for the DBN youth etc.
Another Charity project that has been started by the Foundation is “Baba Ram Singh Bedi Annual Scholarship” to one deserving school leaving child of DBN every year for further studies. A corpus donation of Rupees Ten Lacs has been made by Sardarni Parshottam Kaur Bedi, wife of Late Baba Pritpal Singh Bedi, the Settlor of the Bedi Foundation Trust, to the Foundation. This scholarship fund will be kept in fixed deposit and the yearly interest distributed as annual scholarship. The Foundation shall endeavor to increase the Scholarship Fund through further fund raising and create more scholarships for DBN children.