Series of Programmes on the occasion of 150th Gandhi Jayanti commences in Chhattisgarh
Keyur Bhushan Memorial Premise and Gandhi Bhavan inaugurated
First Mahatma Gandhi Memorial National Award of Rs five lakh conferred upon 90-year-old Gandhian Dr Prabhudutt Kheda, on behalf of Chhattisgarh Government
Raipur, 2 October 2018
On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi, series of programmes to be organized for next two years has been inaugurated today in Chhattisgarh. State Government has prepared action plan for these programmes to be organized in next two years with title ‘Karyanjali’.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh inaugurated this action plan today at historical Anand Samaj Library in Kankalipara, Raipur, and released ”Karyanjali” booklets published by General Administration and Development Department and Panchayat and Rural Development Department. On the occasion, Dr Singh also inaugurated Keyur Bhushan Memorial Building built by State Government on 23,600 sq ft area at the cost of Rs two crore 88 lakh. The premise has been named after famous Gandhian Thinker, Freedom Fighter, Litterateur, and Ex-MP late Mr. Keyur Bhushan. He also inaugurated Gandhi Bhavan, where various activities related to Khadi and Gramodyog will be conducted. Dr Rama Singh also inaugurated 16 ckiw dh dqfV;k, built by Raipur Smart City Limited at the cost of Rs two crore 32 lakh for senior citizens. Each of these huts are equipped with television, carom, chess etc facilities. These huts will be maintaine with the help of NGOs. Dr Raman Singh also inaugurated ‘Neki Ki Gaadi’. He also launched ‘Pustak Daan Mahotsav’. Raipur Smart City Limited will look after digitization of rare books collected during this book donation campaign. These books will be kept at Anand Samaj Library as e-books.
In the programme, Chief Minister conferred State Government’s First Mahatma Gandhi Memorial National Award to 90-year-old Prof Dr Prabhudutt Kheda, who dedicated more than 30-years of his life for education and health of tribal children in village Lamhani-Chhaparwa of Achanakmar area of Bilaspur division. Keeping in view the hardwork and dedication of veteran social worker Dr Prabhudutt Kheda, Chief Minister announced governmentalization of his higher secondary school and gave immediate sanction of Rs 20 lakh for construction of school building. When asked, Dr Kheda said that he will utilze this amount given under the award for giving away salaries to the teachers of his school. He thanked Dr Singh for governmentalization of the school and sanction of Rs 20 lakh for school building.
Dr Kheda was born in year 1928 in Lahore of the then undivided India. In year 1947, after partition, he came to India with his family, where he completed his higher education and Ph.D. with much difficulty. He served in Government of India’s NCERT for 10 years and then joined Delhi University as Social Science Professor. When Dr Kheda visited Achanakmar area of Chhattisgarh during an education tour with DU students, he was moved by the poverty and lack of education facility in the area. He decided to spend his entire life provide education to tribal children. In year 1993, he retired from the university, and came to tribal populated Lamni-Chhaparva forest area, started living in a small hut. His efforts led to establishment of a higher secondary school in the area, where nearly 200 children get education.
In the programme held today, Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for books of Anand Samaj Library. It is known that in year 1920, Mahatma Gandhi had addressed a massive gathering at Anand Samaj Library during freedom movement. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh felicitated best sanitation works of various zones of Raipur Municipal Corporation. The programme was also addressed by Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Mr. Ajay Chandrakar, and MP Mr. Ramesh Bais. The programme was attended Urban Administration and Development Minister Mr. Amar Agrawal, Housing and Environment Minister Mr. Rajesh Moonat, MLA Mr. Shrichand Sundrani, Municipal Corporation Raipur Mayor Mr. Pramod Dubey, Freedom Fighter Padmshree Dr Mahadev Prasad Pandey, State Government’s Chief Secretary Mr. Ajay Singh, Panchayat and Rural Development Department Additional Chief Secretary Mr. RP Mandal, Secretary Mr. PC Mishra, Gramodyog Secretary Mr. Hemant Pahare, Urban Administration Department Special Secretary Mr. Niranjan Das and Commissioner Municipal Corporation Mr. Rajat Bansal, along with various senior officials of government-administration and a large number of corporators and local citizens. Representatives of Chhattisgarh Bramhan Samaj thanked Chief Minister for naming the building after late Mr. Keyur Bhushan and presented memento to Dr Singh at the dais. Vote of thanks was proposed by Collector Raipur Dr S Vasavraju.