Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced that Gurupurab (birth anniversary of the first Sikh religious teacher Guru Nanak) will be declared a public holiday from next year onwards.
Addressing a congregation of Sikhs on Gurupurab celebrations here on Thursday, he also promised them land in prime location for construction of South India’s biggest gurdwara and community hall. Initially, he mentioned two to three acres, but upon request for 10 acres, he said if such land is available in one piece in a prime locality, it could be allotted.
He also declared funding of Rs. 1 crore from the government for construction of community hall, and Rs. 1.16 lakh from his family income for construction of a gurdwara. Kalyana Lakshmi scheme will be implemented for Sikhs too, he said, amid cheers from the community.
Calling the Sikhs of twin cities ‘sons of soil’ who had been living here for ages, he said nowhere can one find a Sikh begging for alms.
“Self-confidence and self-respect should be learnt from Sikhs. Guru Nanak also preached that all men are equal. We can see the same principle observed in Langars which offer very hygienically prepared food to one and all irrespective of their status,” he said, showering praise on the community.
Source: The Hindu
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