Badal for vigorous media campaign for Guru-Ta-Gaddi Divas

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Chandigarh, Jul 26 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged the Centre to launch a vigorous media campaign to promote the tercentenary celebrations of Guru-Ta-Gaddi Divas on a global scale and bring awareness amongst the people about the message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Mr Badal yesterday stated this during the fourth meeting of the National Committee for commemoration of Tercentenary of Guru-Ta-Gaddi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib held in Delhi under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Shivraj V Patil.

Giving the details of the meeting, Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr Harcharan Bains said the Union Home Minister accepted Mr Badal's proposal and promised to issue adequate funds for the said campaign.

Mr Patil announced a grant of Rs 1 crore for the translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in English and Hindi to be distributed in the public libraries and other educational institutions to spread the message of the great Holy Scripture.

He also constituted a committee of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal and Union Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni to finalise the design and inscription pattern of the commemorative coin to be released on the occasion.

The Union Home Minister also agreed to the State Government's proposal to sanction an additional 5 percent funds over and above the already sanctioned amount of Rs 179 crore for the over all development of two important holy towns of Sri Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo.

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