ML Khattar, with a view of appeasing Sikh community, announced setting up of trust named after Baba Banda Bahadur at Yamunanagar district’s Lohgarh to develop the area as a tourist destination.
Khattar was addressing a gathering after paying tributes to Guru Gobind Singh at the state level function organised to mark the closing ceremony of the 350th Prakash Utsav of 10th Sikh Guru, also announced to build a magnificent gate on the Kapal Mochan-Lohgarh road and a ‘yatriniwas’ at Badkhalsa and ‘ Pir Budh Shah Memorial Park at Sadhaura.
He further added that Punjabi has got the status of the second language in the state. To promote the Punjabi in the state, the process to fill 397 posts of trained graduate and 352 post-graduate teachers in Punjabi has been initiated.
He announced special trains from Ambala to Patna in Bihar from December 22 to 25 so a large number of people could participate in the closing ceremony of Prakash Utsav (in Patna) in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate.
The state government has prepared to plan to provide financial assistance to the pilgrims intending to visit places such as Hajoor Sahib, Patna Sahib, Nanak Sahib and Hemkund Sahib.
A similar scheme has been prepared for the pilgrims going on Sindhu Darshan and Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. As announced, a mega educational institute will be set up in the area after the name of Sikh Guru, he added.
“Until 1998, many colleges of the state were affiliated with Punjab University and now the university again wants some more affiliations with it. We are considering the proposal and if it materializes, some colleges of this area would also be affiliated with PU. One of the colleges will be named after Sikh Guru,” he said.