UDHAMPUR: The three-day long Baba Samthal Mela concluded here at Panchayat Galiote of Panchari Tehsil witnessing huge participation of devotees from across the Udhampur district.
Minister of State for Finance and Planning, Ajay Nanda was the chief guest at the valedictory function.
Addressing the mammoth gathering, the minister said the government was taking concrete steps to promote religious places as pilgrim tourist spots by creating necessary infrastructure. He said sustained development of Baba Samthal and other heritage spots of the district have been taken up to attract tourists. He further said that these sites owe huge potential for attracting tourists from across the country.
The minister appealed to the public to ensure their overwhelming participation in the mega events which help in people to people contact and exchange of culture and ideas.
He assured to the people that Samthal Devsthan would be developed a major pilgrim spot to attract the pilgrim tourists. He announced Rs ten lakh out of his CDF for the development of the Devsthan.
Nanda also highlighted social security schemes launched by centre for the welfare of general public. He asked the common masses to avail maximum benefits of these schemes.