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Pb CM asks minister to release funds for Guru Nanak birth celebrations

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

today directed to immediately release Rs 100 crore to manage the development and infrastructural works for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of first Guru, Nanak Dev.

The also asked to make additional budgetary provision of an equal amount in the next fiscal for the development of Sultanpur Lodhi, Dera and Batala - the holy places visited by Guru Nanak, an release said.

Chairing the second committee meeting for the 'Prakash Utsav' celebration scheduled for 2019, Singh asked his to pursue with the Prime Minister's Office, the state's proposal seeking central government grant of Rs 2145 crore for the implementation of various projects on the occasion.

Singh also directed the to write to the asking for providing free access to pilgrims to the historic Gurdwara at Sri Kartarpur Sahib, where the first Guru breathed his last.

Responding to a suggestion by the committee, the asked the to examine the feasibility of running a special train connecting all the five Takhts.

Keeping in view the sanctity of the mega-event, Singh agreed to the proposal of releasing prisoners lodged in various jails in the state, as a goodwill gesture, on the basis of their satisfactory conduct.

To chalk out the modalities for the main event on Nov 12, 2019, Singh constituted a four-member committee comprising ministers Navjot Sidhu, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, and Navtej Singh Cheema, the MLA of Sultanpur Lodhi where the main event will take place.

The committee has been mandated to suggest the duration of the main celebrations, besides the time frame and the route of the religious procession from Nankana Sahib via Attari border through Sultanpur Lodhi to Batala and Dera

Singh asked the to tie up with the to explore the possibility of developing a new township, named Sri Dev Nagar, around

He also suggested holding a global interfaith convention to mark the occasion, with various religious heads being invited to participate.

A a classical music event of 'Gurbani' with top music exponents of the country and abroad too would be organised, he said.

Singh also mooted holding of traditional 'kirtan and kavi darbars', besides an exhibition on the paintings, rare manuscripts and relics to depict the life and philosophy of Dev, along with seminars and paper presentations by eminent scholars and academicians from all over the country.

The chief minister asked the to submit a detailed proposal for various projects, such as short documentary films, coffee table book, travelling exhibition of paintings etc. related to life and philosophy of the first Sikh Guru.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 18:15 IST