Wednesday, October 5, 2011

[ZESTCaste] PM directs facelift of Ambedkar memorial in Delhi

PM directs facelift of Ambedkar memorial in Delhi
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 19:39

New Delhi: The B R Ambedkar memorial, located in a north Delhi area
where the Dalit icon breathed his last, will get a facelift, with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday issuing directions for
urgently developing it in a manner that befits the late leader.

Singh reviewed the condition of the memorial, situated in a bungalow
on Alipore Road, during a meeting which was attended by Minister of
Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik, sources said.

It was noted that the memorial on a three-acre land comprises a
photo-gallery and a library.

After the review, the Prime Minister directed Wasnik to take urgent
steps to constitute a high-level committee for the development of the
memorial, they said.

Singh said he strongly supports the idea that the monument devoted to
the memory of Ambedkar should be developed in a manner befitting the
great leader, the sources said.

The timing of the decision is significant as Uttar Pradesh is going to
assembly polls in a few months and Congress would be expecting to
boost its prospects by wooing Dalit votes.

The Prime Minister earlier met a delegation consisting of
representatives of the memorial and assured them that due
consideration would be given to development of the monument.


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