RAIPUR: Chief minister Raman Singh said Mahatma Gandhi defined and proved his immortal principles of truth and non-violence during the fight for freedom. Singh said the Mahatma gave us freedom from untouchability and poverty, while inaugurating the Gandhi Bhavan at a memorial event – Karyanjali – on Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary on Tuesday.
The chief minister also inaugurated Keyur Bhushan Smriti Gandhi Complex during the event.
“Over 9,000 gram panchayats across the state have achieved the status of open defecation free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission till now. Issues related to cleanliness are always discussed first in the gram panchayats,” said the chief minister.
Panchayat and rural development minister Ajay Chandrakar said one can never forget Mahatma Gandhi and his contributions towards humanity. “He was one of the most discussed political personalities in the world and I feel proud to be a part of his birth anniversary celebrations,” Chandrakar said.
Chandrakar said that Mahatma Gandhi held a public meeting at Kurud of Dhamtari district when he came out to support Kandel Nahar Satyagraha in Chhattisgarh.
In addition, Chandrakar said that Raman Singh has always supported cleanliness mission in the panchayats. He has also announced that the panchayat representatives who have toilets at their home will only be able to take part in the elections.
He said that the BJP government has done various works to realize Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean nation. There is an aim of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the country clean till October 2, 2019, under “Swatchta Hi Seva Hai” mission, but Chhattisgarh had achieved these goals even before the completion of one year.
Amid the request of Prof Prabhudutt Kheda, the CM announced that the government will take over the school in Chaparwa of Bilaspur district.
Agriculture minister Brijmohan Agarwal, PWD minister Rajesh Munat, panchayat and rural development minister Ajay Chandrakar along with many other ministers and senior officials were present at the event.