PM greets people on Buddha Purnima
New Delhi, May 12: Greeting the people on the eve of Buddha Purnima, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Lord Buddha's message of tolerance, compassion and non-violence continues to guide humanity on the path of harmonious and virtuous living.
''May the festival usher in peace, prosperity and happiness for all,'' Dr Singh said in his message to the nation.
The Prime Minister will open tomorrow the year-long celebrations to commemorate the 2550th anniversary of 'Mahaparinirvana' of Lord Buddha.
A national committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister planned the celebrations spread all over the country to highlight the message of peace and equality as preached by Lord Buddha.
National seminars on the topics related to Lord Buddha's teachings and their relevance in todays' world will be attended by the scholars, religious heads and Buddhist experts from various countries.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture has provided substantial funds for the upgradation of infrastructure at Buddhist circuits, including Rs. 7.68 crore for the development of Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda in Bihar and development of Lower Krishna Valley Buddhist circuits in Andhra Pradesh at the cost of Rs. 8 crore during 2005-06.
A loan assistance of Rs. 395.63 crore from Japan Bank Industrial Construction (JBIC) for Phase-II of the Tourism Infrastructure Development of Buddhist locations in Sarnath, Kushinagar, Kapilvastu, Sravasti and Sankisa in Uttar Pradesh has also been approved by the government.