New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) The Union Cabinet on Thursday passed a Resolution to celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, which falls next year, throughout the country and across the globe, in a grand and befitting manner along with State Governments and the Indian Missions abroad.
Guru Nanak Devji’s teachings of love, peace, equality and brotherhood have eternal value.
Development of Kartarpur Sahib corridor, development of Sultanpur Lodhi, Centre for inter faith studies and Chairs in foreign Universities, celebrations throughout the country and globally, commemorative coin and stamps, religious activities and publications and special train for pilgrims are the highlights of the meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Union Cabinet approved the building and development of the Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the international border, in order to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river in Pakistan, where Shri Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters here after the meeting.
Pilgrims would then be able to visit the holy shrine throughout the year. The Kartarpur corridor will be implemented as an integrated development project with Government of India funding, to provide smooth and easy passage, with all the modern amenities.
The Indian government will put in place suitable facilities for smooth passage of pilgrims. The Pakistan Government will be urged to recognise the sentiments of the Sikh community and to develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory as well.
The Union Cabinet also decided that the historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi, associated with the life of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, will be developed as a heritage town and on the Smart City principles, including energy efficiency, to highlight Guru Nanak’s emphasis on sustainability and reverence for nature.
As a major attraction for pilgrims and tourists, a heritage complex at Sultanpur Lodhi, “Pind Babe Nanak da” will be established to depict life in the times of the saint. Sultanpur Lodhi railway station will be upgraded and developed with all the modern amenities.
A centre for inter faith studies will be set up at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Chairs on Guru Nanak Dev will be set up in one University each in the UK and Canada. An International seminar on the life and teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Devji will be organised in New Delhi.
States/Union Territories will also be requested to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in a befitting manner. Indian missions overseas will organise special events on the occasion.
Commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released by the Government of India to mark this momentous occasion.
Religious activities will be organised throughout the country.
Doordarshan will telecast programmes on Guru Nanak and the Gurbani. National Book Trust will publish Gurbani in different Indian languages.
UNESCO will be requested to publish Guru Nanak Devji’s writings in world languages.
Ministry of Railways will run a train passing through the various holy places associated with Guru Nanak for pilgrims and tourists.
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