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Government's modernisation plan for Ajmer Dargah

New Delhi: Union minister of state for minorities affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a meeting with a delegation of Ajmer Dargah Committee members on 13 October said that the (central) government under its plan for modernization of Ajmer Dargah (of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti) has drawn up a plan for the construction of one thousand bath rooms (for bathing, washing etc) and loos for men and women pilgrims. He said that there is also a plan to build a big ‘Sadbhavna Mandap’ near the Dargah which will have a capacity to house about 15 thousand people (pilgrims), adding that in this Mandap, in addition to the pilgrims of Dargah, those wanting to go for Pushkar Mela also will be able to stay. He told the delegation members that during the tour of Ajmer in the first week next month (November) he will inaugurate bath rooms, loos / toilets, a hospital, school and other developmental projects so that people belonging to the minority community could derive benefits from the government’s welfare schemes and in consultation with Dargah Committee members and responsible authorities will take concrete steps to ensure the above mentioned facilities for pilgrims. Delegation members of the Dargah Committee led by the Committee’s Chairman Sheikh Aleem also requested the minister to post CISF jawans, for the security of Dargah complex in the smart city area and also to inaugurate a hospital and a school being built under the sponsorship of the Dargah.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2016 on page no. 14

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