Bengaluru, August 28: The Finance Minister, Punjab, Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal has extended a warm invitation to the Punjabis settled in Karnataka to attend the 550th Parkash Purb celebrations of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Punjab.
Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab, addressing the function organised at Bengaluru by the department of Tourism and Culture, Punjab to interact with diaspora there and invite them for the celebrations of 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji. pic.twitter.com/iyBUC6dhce
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He also said that the Punjab Government under the leadership of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has chalked out a comprehensive roadmap of the programs to ensure that the celebrations turn into memorable ones.
Punjab Government celebrating Parkash Purb at grand scale with assistance of ‘Nanak Naam Leva Sangat’ across globe
Mr. Badal also said that he has come to invite the members of the Punjabi diaspora of Bengaluru as part of the program chalked out by the Punjab Government to invite the entire ‘Nanak Naam Leva Sangat’ spread across the globe.
He also divulged that earlier, the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was to come to extend the invitation but owing to the flood situation in Punjab, he is personally monitoring the relief operations. The minister further said that the pious occasion calls for propagation of the ideology of Universal Brotherhood all around the world and the State Government would leave no stone unturned to achieve this purpose.
Divulging more, he said that the Punjab Government is undertaking development centric projects worth Rs. 3300 Crore at a rapid pace for the strengthening of the infrastructure in the cities closely connected with Guru Sahib, such as Sultanpur Lodhi, Batala and Dera Baba Nanak besides spending Rs. 50 lakh per village for the development of 70 villages graced by the ‘Charan Chhoh’ of Guru Sahib. The State Government is also in the process to plant 550 saplings in every village of Punjab.
Earlier, the PWD and School Education Minister, Punjab, Mr. Vijayinder Singla welcomed the members of the Punjabi diaspora and said that the biggest gift during the Parkash Purb celebrations would be the opening of Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor which would fulfill the long pending desire of the sangat.
On the occasion, former IAS officer of Karnataka Mr. Chiranjeev Singh praised the endeavour of the Punjab Government and said that such sacred occasions are best celebrated in the spirit of mutual cooperation. He also said that Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was not the Guru of Sikhs only but the entire humanity and he is revered as ‘Jagat Guru’.
In his address, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Punjab, and Invest Punjab Mrs. Vini Mahajan said that the purpose of today’s function was both to invite the Punjabi diaspora of Karnataka as well as solicit their suggestions with regard to the celebrations.