Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal dedicates Rs. 50 lakh HD Projection System in Gaiety Theatre
Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister said that Sikh religion epitomizes good teachings of all the religions. He was speaking in a function jointly organised by Shri Guru Singh Sabha and Shan-e-Khalsa in Gaiety Theatre here today. He released a CD of documentary 'Meet Chalo Guru Chaali' and also dedicated High-definition Projection System installed in the Multi-purpose Hall at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh to the people of the State. Prof. Dhumal said that Sikh Gurus have always guided the society by their teachings and Guru Govind Singh contributed immensely towards safeguarding the dignity and honour of Kashmiri Pandits. He said that the history of Sikhism depicts many sacrifices for the welfare of the society which were source of inspiration for us. He said that people these days were ignoring the religion and our rich traditions and added that we should follow and uphold these in our day to day life. Chief Minister said that five elements were worshipped by our ancient sages which strengthened the practice of protecting and preserving the environment. He said that Hindu religion provides for worshipping of nature and various festivals glorified it. He said that those festivals were relevant in the present time also. He said that women held a respectable position in the society and added that vigorous efforts were needed to curb the practice of female foeticides which was leading to gender imbalance. He said that high values of our ancient culture should be upheld for a healthy society. Prof. Dhumal said that State Government had launched 'Beti Hai Anmol' Programme in 2008 under which Rs. 5100 were being deposited in the name of new born girl child of the poor families and a provision of free education upto highest level was also made for these girls. He said that State Government was also providing additional incentives to panchayats having highest female birth rate. He said that State Government was making various efforts to balance the sex ratio and various programmes were being implemented for the same. He said that girls were doing well in education in the State and achieving merit positions in various examinations which was a positive sign. He said that Lahaul-Spiti district had been adjudged as district having the highest female birth rate in the country where the sex ratio was 1000:1017 according to the latest census. He said that stringent laws were being implemented to check malpractice of female foeticide in the State. Chief Minister said that ropeway between Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara to Shri Naina Devi Ji Temple would be constructed jointly by Himachal and Punjab Governments. He said that Rs. 14 crore were spent so far on the restoration of Gaiety Theatre complex and efforts were afoot to equip it with more facilities. Dr. Prem Sharma, Director, Language, Art and Culture also spoke on the occasion. Sardar Bhupender Singh, General Secretary, Shri Guru Singh Sabha welcomed the Chief Minister. Dr. Upender Singh, Film Director detailed about the documentary. Shri Ganesh Dutt, Vice Chairman, HIMUDA, Smt. Manisha Nanda, Principal Secretary, Language, Art and Culture, Dr. D.S. Manhas, Director General of Police, senior officers and prominent persons of the town were present on the occasion.