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Annual three-day festivity to be held every year on Rani Durgawati’s martyrdom day

24 Jun 2018
Annual three-day festivity to be held every year on Rani Durgawati’s martyrdom day

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was at Jabalpur on June 24 to be a part of a huge tribal convention organized on the 455th martyr’s day of Rani Durgawati. While addressing the huge turn-up, he announced that with the aim of motivating the younger generation to preserve the sacrifice and self-respect, an annual three-day programme will be organized at the Samadhi site on Rani Durgawati’s  Balidan Divas. Tribals dwelling on forest land till the year 2006 will be made owners of the land through forest rights patta. Electricity will be made available to every tribal family by December 2018 under Soubhagya Yojana. These families will have to pay electricity bill at a flat rate of Rs 200 per month. Poor tribal families will be included in the Sambal Yojana and all benefits of the scheme will be provided to them.

The Chief Minister said that a grand memorial will be built on 10-acres of government land for Veerangana Rani Durgawati near her Samadhi site. Announcing the creation of a tribal museum in Ramnagar of Mandla district, he said that the residential land patta will be given to poor tribal families and they will be given a permanent house on patta land in the next four years.

The Chief Minister said that the state government will keep the glorious history, tradition, sacrifice and culture intact along with the development and prosperity of the tribal community. Referring to the invaluable contribution of the tribal heroes in the fight for independence, he said that while on the one hand, Veerangana Rani Durgawati sacrificed her life for the state’s independence and self-respect, on the other hand, during her 15 years of rule, she implemented several public welfare works, proof of which are noticeable in Jabalpur and other places today even today. Rani Durgawati got ponds constructed for water conservation and dharamshalas were constructed to facilitate the common man.

Dumna airport to be renamed after Rani Durgawati

Chief Minister Chouhan announced that a proposal to name Jabalpur’s Dumna airport after Rani Durgawati will be sent to the Centre for approval after getting it passed by the state government in the Assembly. He mentioned the efforts being made to connect tribal women with self-help groups to raise their standard of living. He said that the state government is making efforts to bring prosperity in the lives of tribals, hence a decision has been taken to spend a major portion of the state government’s budget for the welfare and development of the poor and tribals.

Tribal families told to educate their children

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan appealed to the tribal community to educate their children. The state government will bear the expenses of their education. He said that the state and the central government is making speedy efforts for the empowerment of women in the state and the country. He also released Shri Shankardayal Bharadwaj’s book ‘Rani Durgawati-Ek Balidan Gatha’ at the programme.