Sukhbir Singh Badal flags first train to Varanasi

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New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI-NewsVoir): Deputy CM Sukbir Singh Badal today flagged off the first train to Varanasi from Jalandhar railway Station under the Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra Scheme.

The other train, which is scheduled from Ludhiana, will see 11 more Tirth Yatra trains between January and February under the scheme.

Speaking about the initiative, Sukhbir Singh Basdal said, “This initiative of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would strengthen communal harmony in the state. It was a blessing to flag off the yatra train to Varanasi, a microcosm of Hinduism. Famed as one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world, Kashi is sanctified by religion.”

“It was heartwarming to interact with the pilgrims about their beliefs and importance of this abode of Shiva in their lives. We have always respected all the religions alike as we believe that all the religious paths lead to the same God.” said the Deputy CM.

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Answering a question about the Panama incident, Badal said the Punjab government had raised the issue and had been assured by the Union External affairs ministry that all possible steps would be taken on the issue.

He also directed the Police department to immediately start the crackdown on illegal travel agents. He also appealed to the media houses not to publish the advertisements of illegal travel agents to safe the interests of common man.

Prominent amongst present on the occasion included Cabinet Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, Sohan Singh Thandal, BhagatChunniLal, CPS Pawan Kumar Tinu and others.

“Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra Yojana” is yet another attempt of the Punjab government to preserve and promote majestic and secular culture of Punjab.

The government aims to attain the heritage city status for the holy city of Amritsar. An amount of Rs. 69 crores has been allocated to preserve the monuments, mute testimonials of Punjab’s glorious heritage.

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Preservation of DarshaniDeori (opening step), at Darbar Sahib with its original and extensive ivory work has been accomplished.

Preservation of architectural marvel of Bunga Ramgarhia (situated between Sri Guru Ram Das langar hall building and Sri Harmandir Sahib parikarma) as a heritage building with the support of Heritage Management Services, Noida.

To present the 500-year old glorious legacy to the millenials of Punjab, the Punjab government has built Virasat-e-Khalsa at Sri Anandpur Sahib. The project spread in 100 acres has costed Rs. 250 crores.

To commemorate the sacrifices of Sikhs in the tragic war of May 17, 1746, a memorial has been built at the Chhota Ghallughara site at Kahnuwan in Gurdaspur district at an outlay of Rs. 18 crores.

The Punjab government had approved Rs. 24 crores for Baba Jiwan Singh Memorial to be erected at Sri Anandpur Sahib near Virasat-e-Khalsa.

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Badal government has taken an initiative to build BhaiMardana Memorial at Ferozepur. Project cost is estimated to be Rs 11 crores. The Memorial will also house a Sangeet Academy and a Satsang hall.

Punjab Government under the tutelage of CM Prakash Singh Badal has always ensured communal harmony in the state while ensuring respect for all religions in the state. (ANI-NewsVoir)

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