PM directs facelift of Ambedkar memorial in Delhi
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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.


First Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 19:39

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