Government to observe remembrance anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has said that Jallianwala Bagh will undergo redevelopment as part of the remembrance of 100 years of the massacre that took place during the British rule.

The commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released on 13th April 2019 (the day the incident took place 100 years ago).

Ministry of Culture will organize cultural activities like Kavi sammelan, plays, exhibition, seminars, etc. across the country.

A Committee is constituted to ensure timely implementation to Renovate, upgrade and beautify the Jallianwalla Bagh Memorial, and Develop Virtual Reality Theme Based show at the Memorial.

The Ministry of Tourism earmarked an amount of Rs. 8 crores under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for development of Virtual Reality Theme Based show at the Memorial.

The Ministry of Culture will provide additional funds if needed.

It is also known as the Amritsar Massacre (dated April 13, 1919) at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab.

On 13th April 1919, thousands of people were gathered at Jallianwala Bagh. This day marks the beginning of New Year for the Sikhs, also celebrated as Baisakhi festival all over Punjab.

Colonel Reginald Dyer had announced curfew and a ban on all processions that even prohibited a group of 4 or more people to meet publicly. However, General Dyer sensed the number of people present there and the secret meeting that was about to take place. Thus, he arrived with armed troops and ordered to open fire.

The troops were ordered to start shooting; this heinous act of violence resulted in extreme mass killing.

To keep in mind this significance of this place, a trust was founded in 1920 to build a memorial site at Jallianwala Bagh. American architect, Benjamin Polk, built the memorial site which was inaugurated by the then President of India, Rajendra Prasad on 13 April 1961.

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