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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel conferred 'Mahatma Phule Samta Award'

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel conferred 'Mahatma Phule Samta Award'

Mahatma Phule was the leading leader of the social revolution, while the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent social reformer of the political revolution: Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Mahatma Gandhi carried forward the work of Mahatma Phule, We are following the path of these Mahatmas to establish social justice in Chhattisgarh

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel was honored for extraordinary works and crucial decisions taken towards providing justice to the deprived sections of the society

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has been conferred the 'Mahatma Phule Samta Award' in Pune on the occasion of 131st death anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule today.

The award was presented to him by the National President of the council, Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal in a function organized by All India Mahatma Phule Samta Parishad at Mahatma Phule Memorial 'Samta Bhoomi' in Pune. Mr. Bhujbal honored the Chief Minister Mr. Baghel with a Phule turban, a shawl, award money and a memento.

"In the history of five thousand years of India, three and a half thousand years were ruled by the backwards. The country's economy was shattered during the British rule. In such a situation, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule worked for the establishment of an egalitarian society through social reform. Mahatma Phule was the leading leader of the social revolution, while the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent social reformer of the political revolution. We are working for the establishment of social justice in Chhattisgarh by following the path shown by these Mahatmas", said the Chief Minister addressing the function.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has been selected for this year's award for his extraordinary works and crucial decisions taken towards providing justice to the deprived sections of the society during his tenure. A copy of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule's book 'Kisan Ka Koda' was presented to the Chief Minister in the program. Earlier, the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to the statues of Mahatma Phule and Smt. Savitri Bai Phule at Mahatma Phule Memorial 'Samta Bhoomi'.

"Mahatma Phule and Smt. Savitri Bai Phule devoted their life working for the welfare of the underprivileged and downtrodden, showed them the way of life and earned respect in the society. Mahatma Phule, a fervent revolutionary, looked closely at the problems of his time, understood them and found their solution. He directly attacked the stereotypes prevailing in the society, while working to solve the issues of education, medicine and equality of that time and contributed significantly to the creation of an egalitarian society. He carried forward the works of Mahatma Gandhi", said Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel in his address at the function while paying homage to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Smt. Savitri Bai Phule.

On this occasion, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel while paying homage to the holy land of Maharashtra said that this is the land of many saints and revolutionary leaders including Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar. "There was a time when India used to have 23 per cent of the GDP of the whole world. People practiced agriculture and craftsmen and artisans used to make artwork. India's economy flourished back then, making the country popularly known as "golden bird". This continued in the Mughal Empire, however, India's economy shattered during the British rule. Agriculture was affected and skilled people were left unemployed. In such a situation Mahatma Phule emerged as a guiding light, who worked for the establishment of an egalitarian society through social reform", he said.

He added that he worked towards uplifting the downtrodden and gave special emphasis on the education of women. He founded the Satyashodhak Samaj. He said that Mahatma Phule was the leading leader of the social revolution, while the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent social reformer of the political revolution. Mahatma Gandhi emphasized on establishing cottage industries to make people financially capable. The spinning wheel and spindle were made weapons.

Mr. Baghel also paid tributes to Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution saying that he has ensured equal rights for all of us through the Indian Constitution. "Today our constitution and institutions are in danger and it is the need of hour to save them" said the Chief Minister while referring to the current scenario.

He stressed on the need of utilizing goods produced by small artisans to fight capitalism and marketism in today's conditions. He said that today the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are getting less reservation in proportion to their population. However, everyone is silent on this matter. He informed that quantifiable data is being collected by the state government to provide 27 per cent reservation to other backward classes in Chhattisgarh. This will be presented in the High Court very soon. He said that we are making every possible effort to provide them rights and a respected place in society they deserve.

Mr. Baghel said that soon after formation of our government we had taken a historic step of returning 4200 acres of land acquired from 1700 farmers for setting up a steel plant at Lohandiguda in Bastar. Started procuring paddy at support price besides giving input subsidy to farmers under Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana to give farmers fair price for their produce.

Referring to the Godhan Nyay Yojana, he said that in this scheme, self-help groups are producing organic manure in state-run Gauthans (cowsheds) by procuring cow dung at Rs 2 per kg. Through this thousands of women have got employment across the state. Now along with organic manure we are also producing electricity from cow dung. With the production of vermi-compost on large scale, we are moving towards organic farming. Recharging of 12000 drains is being done to stop rain water.

Chairperson of Maharashtra Women's Commission Mrs. Rupali Tai, Mr. Bapu Bhujbal, Mr. Hari Narke, Mr. Siddharth Kushwaha and many office bearers of All India Mahatma Phule Samta Parishad, public representatives and citizens were present on the occasion.




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