President Pranab Mukherjee has emphasised the role of skill development for the future of the country.
Speaking at a function in Deoghar after laying the foundation stone for 35 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Kendras, President Mukherjee lauded the Centre’s skill development project. “Skill development will script the future of a developed India. The Jharkhand government is doing a great job in this sector,” he said.
Besides, Mukherjee laid foundation stones for a software technology park, two driving training institutes and an ESIC hospital in Deoghar. He also inaugurated the 44-km-long Deoghar-Basukinath solar street light project.
Mukherjee, who inaugurated and laid foundation of a slew of projects in Jharkhand on Sunday, said these would define the state’s infrastructural and cultural progress in near future.
Earlier, Mukherjee laid foundation stones for the much awaited Haj House and Rabindra Bhawan in Ranchi.
Mukherjee said every Muslim believes Haj pilgrimage is a religious duty.
“Mecca is a sacred place for our Muslim brethren. It is a lifetime dream of every Muslim to go on Haj pilgrimage at least once in his/her life. The Haj House being built at Ranchi will facilitate the journey for people of the state,” Mukherjee said.
The new building will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 55.12 crore where all modern facilities, including staying facility for 900 people, canteen for 500, 10-15 rooms and a place for prayer, will be provided.
The President said every year lakhs of people go for Haj from India. “The number of Haj pilgrims is higher in India than its neighbouring countries Pakistan and Bangladesh,” he said.
Mukherjee also lauded Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das for fulfilling the promise of a Rabindra Bhawan in Ranchi.
He said Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had been an unofficial ambassador of the country abroad. “Tagore took the Indian culture and tradition to every country of the world,” he said, adding, the Rabindra Bhawan in Ranchi would promote Bengali art and culture in Jharkhand.
Mukherjee also performed puja at the Baba Baidyanathdham temple in Deoghar.