The state government on Monday accorded the highest “A” category status to B R Ambedkar’s monument —Deekshabhoomi — at Nagpur. Lakhs of Dalits and people from across the country visit this place every year to pay reverence to the architect of the Indian Constitution. On October 14, 1956, Ambedkar, along with his followers, had converted to Buddhism at Deekshabhoomi, which is in the heart of the state’s second capital Nagpur.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said, “I am glad to inform that government has approved highest ‘A’ status for tourism to Deekshabhoomi.”
Earlier, Deekshabhoomi was categorised as “C”, which was upgraded by the Fadnavis government. After revised rules in the ministry of tourism, he took the decision to extend “A” category status to this pilgrimage centre.
The monument on a sprawling open ground is also being spruced up with special funds from the Centre and the state. The CM said, “This is one more step on the part of our government to make Pavitra Deekshabhoomi a world-class monument, where Babasaheb Ambedkar took dhamma deeksha.”
“ It is also our humble tribute to the Bharat Ratna as part of his ongoing 125th anniversary celebration year.”