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CM said that Bhagwan Valmiki Ji, the architect of first ever epic the holy 'Ramayana', had made Indian culture and civilization more broad based. Through Ramayana, Bhagwan Valmiki ji propagated the message of ideal life based on inherent values of righteousness to the society, he added.

Chief Minister said that the state of art historical monument cum Temple with inbuilt Museum and Panorama at Sri Valmiki Ashram (Ram Tirath) near Amritsar would be a humble tribute by the state government to Lord Valmiki, who had preached the message of equality and universal brotherhood on this sacred land.

Badal said that the design of this temple cum museum has been conceived by the word class architects while keeping in mind the religious sanctity of this historic place. He said that this monument cum temple would be constructed with a cost of Rs 200 crore and more than 40 percent of the work has already been completed and it would be dedicated to the people of Punjab shortly. He said that on its part the state government was making every effort to develop this historic place as a major tourist destination of the world.

Chief Minister said that Bhagwan Valmiki Ji was the “Pitaamah” of Sanskrit language and first poet or the Adi Kavi of the world who by his immortal and masterpiece composition the “Ramayana” propagated the message of victory of good over evil. He urged the people to follow the path and high ideals shown by Maharishi Valmiki Ji so as to carve out an egalitarian society.

Chief Minister said that in line with the teachings of Bhagwan Valmeki Ji, the state government was laying special thrust on providing education to the poor and meritorious students of weaker sections for which Dr Hargobind Khurana scholarship scheme has been initiated to provide a scholarship of Rs 30,000 per annum to them.

Prominent among those who attended the function included Chaudhry Yashpal, Naresh Dhigan, Laxman Dravid, Charanjit Singh Atwal, Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon, former minister Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab Planning Board vice chairman Rajinder Bhandari, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, BJP district president Parveen Bansal, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Agarwal, Police Commissioner Promod Ban, MC Commissioner Pardeep Aggarwal, SAD district president Madan Lal Bagga besides several others.

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