GOVERNOR BALRAM Jakhar has called upon people of Madhya Pradesh to discharge their duties and responsibilities with the same spirit with which they seek their rights.
He hoisted the Tricolour and inspected the guard of honour at the Republic Day function at Lal parade ground.
In his address, he said all sections of society were struggling for their rights but they did not pay attention to their duties and obligations. The need of the hour was to shoulder one’s duties and responsibilities with the same commitment.
Laying emphasis on making agriculture a profitable occupation, Jakhar said the country should once again revive the Swadeshi movement. He said the State Government carries the responsibility of fulfilling the basic needs of two third masses living in rural areas.
The Madhya Pradesh government is committed to safeguarding the interests of farmers and a number of steps were being taken to improve their socio-economic status.
In this context, the Maan project (in Dhar district) with a capacity to create irrigation potential in 15,000-hectare area had been completed recently, he said.
Additional irrigation potential had been created in 52,000-hectare with the completion of the Narmada Valley projects during the last three years. More irrigation potential would be created in four-lakh hectare area during the 10th Five Year Plan, the Governor said.
Interest rate had been lowered to seven per cent on short-term co-operative agricultural loans and relief amount paid to farmers in lieu of crop loss due to natural calamities had also been enhanced significantly.
While expressing concern over increasing population, Jakhar said all citizens with their socio-political organisations should come out with a common solution to address the issue.
If population continues to rise at the same speed, it would be difficult to improve the situation, he said adding the standard of educational institutions should be enhanced to attract students from other places.
As regards to strengthening rural infrastructure, he said Madhya Pradesh has carved out an entirely different image for itself in the country while implementing the Rural Roads Project and Employment Guarantee Scheme.
As many as 4,029 villages had been connected with roads and construction work is on to connect another 1,000 villages with roads. The 12,300-km-long road has been constructed during the last three years.
The State Government has initiated a unique step by organising mahila, kisan and adivasi panchayats to prepare welfare schemes keeping their needs in mind. Meanwhile, effective police action has brought the dacoit problem under control, he added.
More resources are being provided to the police force and 2,000 new posts are being created. Relaxation over ban on new recruitment in the government and appointment of Shikshakarmis on contract would open the door for youths.
Steps have been taken to promote employment-oriented education and to encourage youths towards the entrepreneurship.
The Amar Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad and Dr Vishnu Shreedhar Vakankar Samman have been instituted so that coming generations do not forget their culture and traditions.
Also, new schemes to encourage investments are being prepared keeping in view vast scope in the field of tourism, the Governor said.
Beating Retreat tomorrow
THE BEATING Retreat ceremony will be held in the Capital on January 29. Band artists and instrumentalists of police will present a musical programme.
The Army and police bands will play a blend of classical, film, folk and Western music at the programme, which will start at 4.30 pm. Entry will be free-of-cost. Governor Balram Jakhar will be the chief guest. The function will be held at the Moti Lal Nehru Stadium within the Lal Parade Ground. A display of fireworks will mark the closure of the ceremony. Apart from Delhi, the event is held annually in Bhopal also.
The Beating Retreat goes back to the era when soldiers returned to their barracks after the battle stopped in the evening. As warriors disengaged themselves, music was played to signify the retreat.