CM justifies MP foundation day celebrations amid agrarian crisis

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Indore
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2015 23:07 IST
Musician Rajesh Roshan performs during a concert ‘The Roshans’ organised to mark MP foundation day celebrations in Bhopal on Sunday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

The contrast couldn’t have been starker. The huge stage that was set up here on Sunday evening for celebration of the 60th foundation day of MP had a huge cut-out of a green banyan tree at the centre, in contrast to the drought conditions being faced by the farmers in the state.

In his 17-minute speech, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also tried to justify why they were celebrating the day amid the agrarian crisis.

Chouhan said that many were raising questions why the state government decided to celebrate the day when the farmers were hit by the agrarian crisis.

“This is the day of our state, our land. This is the land where we were born, its rivers quenched our thirst, it has given us everything. So we decided to celebrate the day of our state with joy…”, he said.

Saying that climate change was responsible for the agrarian crisis in the state, Chouhan listed various initiatives that were being taken to ameliorate the suffering of the drought-hit farmers.

He said state government would stand by the farmers in this difficult time.

“Drought-hit farmers won’t have to postpone the marriage of their daughters. State government would help them financially. We are also bringing change in the crop pattern. Farmers will be encouraged to horticulture crops and other crops also. We will join farming with food processing chain. We will make efforts in various directions to make agriculture a profitable venture for the farmers”, he said.

Extending greetings to people on the Foundation Day, Chouhan administered oath to the people sitting in the audience, urging them to work for the holistic development of the state and for the welfare of its people.

Saying that state had joined the list of developed states, Chouhan urged people to contribute their best for state’s prosperity and development and work in their fields earnestly to contribute in making MP the best state in the country.

CM’s speech was followed by dance drama ‘Ath Hindi Katha’, in which 350 artists performed to depict the story of Hindi language and its literature. The dance drama was choreographed by Maitreyee Pahari.

One of the main highlights of the foundation day was the musical presentation by noted music director Rajesh Roshan, with his troupe singing and performing 25 hit film songs from three generations of the Roshan family.

Celebrations mark foundation day in Indore

Functions to mark the state foundation day began at the Mahesh Guard Lines ground, with Indore district panchayat president Kavita Patidar hoisting the national flag.

She then read chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s message, which, among other things, mentioned steps taken to address the grievances of farmers whose crops were damaged this year.

The function, which was organised by the district administration, also saw three police platoons playing the band while staging a march-past and cultural performances presented by students.

BJP MLA Usha Thakur, divisional commissioner Sanjay Dube, IG Vipin Maheshwari, district collector P Narahari, DIG Santosh K Singh, school students and their parents were present on the occasion.

In the evening, former state chief secretary, Nirmala Buch and ex-UN ambassador NP Jain spoke on the roadmap for MP’s development. At the end of their speech, they answered queries of the students present at the function.

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