Dehradun: Unveiling a slew of development schemes for Sikhs, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has said a Punjabi Academy will soon be set up in Uttarakhand and a panel to give suggestions on the matter will shortly be constituted.
    
Coming up with the announcement at a function in Dehradun to mark the Prakash Parva of Guru Nanak Dev on Tuesday, Bahuguna said the state government believes in taking along all sections together and a detailed report on a multi-crore project to promote tourism around the high altitude holy Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib in Garhwal region has been sent to the Centre.

Vacancies for Punjabi teachers will also soon be filled, he said. Out of the four minority villages to be identified for carrying out development work on a priority basis under a state government scheme, at least one will be Sikh dominated, he said.

Special schemes will also be launched for the development of Banjara Sikh and Raisikh communities, Bahuguna said. Rs 25 lakh each have been sanctioned for the two educational institutions being run by the Sikh community under the IDMI scheme for minority welfare, the Chief Minister said.
    
Apart from them two more such institutions located in Udhamsingh nagar district will also be brought under the ambit of this scheme, Bahuguna announced.

(Agencies)

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