Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani has told the health department to place Guru Nanak's photographs in all hospitals and dispensaries in the state.
The health director on Monday directed all civil surgeons to ensure the placement of the guru's photograph in hospitals. A message by the director to all civil surgeons read, "The health minister again desired that all of you ensure placement of photo of Guru Nanak in all hospitals. He is again inspecting the hospitals."
The health director's order said that on Saturday evening Jyani was making surprise checks to see whether his order had been complied with. One such surprise check was made at the Balachaur hospital. The health director has also told all civil surgeons to give him feedback soon.
Sources said photographs of Bhagat Singh were common in various hospitals of the state. Now, doctors have started buying the guru's photographs. However, it has not been specified whether the money for the photographs would be used from government funds or from the staff's own pocket.
A doctor posted at a community health centre in Rupnagar district confirmed that following orders they had removed all other photographs. The health centre has also earmarked around Rs 1,200 to buy Guru Nanak's photographs.
Jyani said he had told the health director to ensure that every hospital had the guru's photographs. When asked why photographs of only one religion, he said Guru Nanak represented all religions.