Malerkotla becomes the 23rd district of Punjab following the approval for its formation from the Punjab cabinet on Wednesday, June 2. Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh first announced the formation of the Muslim-majority district, Malerkotla, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on May 14. The district has been carved out from Sangrur district after the decision from the Punjab Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.
According to an official statement released, the cabinet also nodded to upgrading Amargarh as a sub-division or tehsil of Malerkotla. Henceforth, the Malerkotla district would consist of three sub-divisions or tehsils including Malerkotla, Ahmedgarh and Amargarh. The district holds a total of 192 villages.
During the meeting, the cabinet authorised the CM to give approvals to the creation of new posts for offices. These include 12 departments namely police, rural development and panchayats, social justice and minorities, agriculture and farmer welfare, social security and women and child development, health, education (primary and secondary).