With an aim of inculcating good thoughts of father of nation Mahatma Gandhi, the state government has made it mandatory to regularly recite "Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram" and "Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye Ji" in schools across the state.

"These two favorite Bhajans of Gandhiji will be recited regularly in the schools of Chhattisgarh. This will inculcate good values and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi among school students", said Chief Minister Mr Bhupesh Baghel.

He paid his tributes to Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary on October 31.

Pointing out a key similarity in the personalities of former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Mrs. Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi and former Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, chief minister said that the lives of both were shaped by the thoughts of Gandhiji.

"This will be a tribute to both of these eminent personalities. The spirit of social unity and harmony will be strengthened among the children of the state through the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi, who is also his inspiration", said Mr. Baghel.

He also stressed upon the need to imbibe basic spirit of Gandhiji's favorite hymns and adopt them in everyday life. "The relevance of Gandhiji's favorite hymns has increased in the changing socio-political environment all over the world. The National unity and social harmony is the basic nature of India and to make politics a medium of service, it is the duty of all of us to feel the pain of the needy, victims, and the underprivileged and ensure helping them in every possible way", said Mr. Baghel.