A RECORD 3.3 million people from the State joined the “Stand Up against poverty” event on October 15-16 to enter it in the Guinness Book of World Records for being maximum number from a single region across the world to stand up. Indore also stole the show as being the single largest ‘Stand Up’ campaign in the world.
According to the New York-based UN Millennium Campaign director Salil Shetty 23 million people stood up against the UN sponsored cause across the world on two days from October 15 and a whooping majority of 3.3 million were alone from Madhya Pradesh.
Shetty gave out these information addressing a news conference at the CM House on Wednesday. The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the State stood by the cause to fight against poverty, illiteracy and health issues. The Campaign’s Communications coordinator (South Asia) Ajit Sahi was also present.
Shetty said the exact number of people from the State was 3,327,399 was a third of the people who participated in the UN millennium Campaign. Government departments, educational institutions and social organizations held the event in 42 districts of the state.
He said Indore stole the show being the only town where maximum number of people participated. The campaign organised by the Minister for Public Works Department Kailash Vijayvargiya in the town had 55000 people.
He said the State government has committed itself to fighting against hunger and poverty and meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. But ‘we have to go a long way’, he admitted.
Chouhan said the State has already taken a number of steps to curb infant mortality and maternal mortality rates, conserve water and alleviate poverty. The CM denied that Sahria tribals were eating roti made of grass.
Admitting that Saharia tribal were living under poverty, he said the government had taken steps to alleviate poverty among these tribals particularly in Shivpuri district and Ganjbasoda area and check malnutrition.