Cabinet grant for development of Anandpur Sahib, Talwandi Sabo

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New Delhi, Mar 2 (UNI) In deference to the wishes of the sikh community, the Cabinet today approved a proposal for the development of Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo, the two historic sikh shrines in Punjab, as part of the tercentenary celeberations of Guru-ta- Gaddi of Shri Guru Granth Sahib.

"The decision will enable the commemoration of the events which at present are mostly focussed at Nanded in Maharashtra," Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told newspersons here.

The development of the two shrines is to be funded by way of a special grant of Rs 17,957.77 lakh to Punjab government-- Rs 9,973.77 lakh for Anandpur Sahib and Rs 7,984 lakh for Tawandi Sabo.

The Gurdwaras at these places are associated with Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and last Sikh guru. These places will be given special significance in the commerative ceremonies.

Mr Dasmunsi said the Punjab government, to whom the grant will be given, will be asked to complete the projects by the end of the commemoration year, namely October 2009.

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