President recalls his role in formation of Chhattisgarh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Nov 2017 10:36:22


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As chief guest, the President described Chhattisgarh as a land of opportunity and said people here are very affectionate

Bastar artifact, which was gifted to President by CM has been given a special place at Rashtrapati Bhawan, said the President

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in his address has announced to provide paddy bonus to farmers before Diwali in 2018

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on Sunday said that he used to join the voice of public representatives from Chhattisgarh in their demand for a separate State in the Rajya Sabha and now I am happy and can realise as to why I was doing so. “Perhaps, justice could not have been done to Chhattisgarh if it would have been still with Madhya Pradesh. When I got invitation from the Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh for the Rajyotsava, my memory travelled to flashback. I discovered that my support to the demand of a separate state was genuine and after reaching here I found the purpose is solved. Such rapid development in just 17 years is phenomenal,” said the President while addressing thousands of people gathered at the valedictory function of the five-day Rajyotsava on Sunday.

Starting his speech greeting the people in Chhattisgarhi, ‘Manla Jai Johar, Gada Gada Badhai’ (My namaskar to all and many congratulations), the President described Chhattisgarh as a land of opportunity and people here are very affectionate.
The President appreciated the planning of Naya Raipur and overall development of the state and said that the state can be example for others.

Paying tributes to the Martyrs of the violence-hit state, the President said, “They have laid down their lives for safeguarding the land and its lives and enabling us to celebrate Rajyotsava. I came to know that over 1100 police jawans and troopers from other forces have sacrificed their lives while protecting the people and this number is very disturbing. I salute these brave soldiers.”

Recalling the cultural and historic values of the state, the President said that Rani Kaushalya, wife of Raja Dasharath, belonged to this land. Moreover, Swami Vivekananda had spent two years of his life in Chhattisgarh and Maharshi Valmiki had written Ramayan on this land. Mentioning the name of Ramkrishna Mission of Narayanpur, Kovind said the mission is doing a commendable job as far as social service is concerned. The President also hailed Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh to recognise talents of the state and honouring them with Rajya Alankaran Samman. The president, in his speech, also mentioned valuable contribution of great personalities of the state like Guru Ghasidas, Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh, Mini Mata, Teejan Bai etc.

Emphasising on the needs for preservation of traditional art, the President said he has dedicated a special place for Bastar Art, which he had received earlier, in the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The President concluded his speech with ‘Chhattisgarhia Sable Badhia’.

In his presiding address, Governor Balramji Dass Tandon hailed the state government for its progress. Counting state government’s achievements, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh termed this Rajyotsava as ‘Badlao Ka Utsav’ (Festival of Change). He assured the people that the state will scale new height in 2018 as far as development is concerned. “We will be best implementing the Prime Minister’s ‘Soubhagya’ Yojana. 35 LPG cylinders will be distributed by 2018.”

The Chief Minister also announced that the farmers will receive their bonus next year before Diwali. Culture Minister Dayaldas Baghel delivered the welcome address.
On the occasion a book, written by Chairman of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Bibek Debroy on Chhattisgarh’s journey of development was released and a copy of the book was presented to the President of India.

Speaker of Chhattisgarh Assembly Gaurishankar Agrawal, Ministers Prem Prakash Pandey, Brijmohan Agrawal, Ramsewak Paikra, Amar Agrawal, Ajay Chandrakar, Mahesh Gagda, Bhaiyalal Rajwade, Punnulal Mohile, Ramsheela Sahu, Rajesh Munat, Raipur MP Ramesh Bais, BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik, BJP National General Secretary Saroj Pandey, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, DGP A N Upadhyay and other dignitaries were present on the dais.