Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur addressing state’s Foundation
Day function in Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur has said that the efforts
of the state government of setting in motion works for all round
development of the state are commendable. He said that the public
participation works for development and service being undertaken in
all the sectors in the state are worthy of emulation.
Thakur, while addressing Madhya
Pradesh Foundation Day function at Motilal Nehru Stadium here today,
said that it (Foundation Day) is an opportune moment not only for
glancing at the past and present of the state but also for evolving
a long lasting strategy for its development in future. He said that
all the sections of society and government will have to work in
tandem with firm conviction and dedication for the state's all round
He said that Madhya Pradesh is rich in
natural wealth and its communal harmony is unparalleled. He said
that Madhya Pradesh is a precedent of the coordination of political
and social streams of thought which is pre-requisite for a state's
development. He said that he is proud of becoming Governor of Madhya
The Governor termed the "Jan Sunwai"
(Public Hearing) by police and other departments as a welcome
beginning and stressed the need to continue it. He said that control
over criminal elements is also necessary apart from giving
protection to the common man. While mentioning ample possibilities
of educational development in the state, he said that a national
level educational hub should be created in Madhya Pradesh.
The Governor also praised organisation
of Foundation Day functions in a dignified manner from the State
level up to Panchayat level. He wished for the state's prosperity
and all round development.
At the conclusion of his address, the
Governor administered a pledge to people to contribute in Madhya
Pradesh's development and working constantly for the welfare of all
the sections of society. At the outset of the function, flag was
hoisted and National Anthem was recited while the function ended
with the tune of Vande Mataram.
Speaking on the occasion, Bharatiya
Janata Party ruled Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan exhorted the residents of the state to become partners in
the campaign "Apna Madhya Pradesh" to fulfill the dream of all round
development of the state.
He said that this day is day of
happiness. It was on this day that Madhya Pradesh was constituted.
He said that "Aiye Apna Madhya Pradesh Banayen" campaign is being
launched from today. The objective of the campaign is to create a
feeling of pride towards the state and attachment to it and
contribute in its development. He said that this day is an occasion
for renewing the pledge for state's prosperity and development.
Chouhan said that though there has
been development in the state during the last 53 years, yet many
possibilities of progress and development are still to be explored.
He said that there is need for a wide consensus for bringing Madhya
Pradesh in the list of developed states. Madhya Pradesh has a
tradition of political coordination.
When it comes to development, all the
political parties stand together. In this connection, the Chief
Minister floated a new slogan “Vicharon Mein Bhale Hon Matbhed,
Vikas Mein Ham Sab Hain Ek” (We may be diverse in thoughts, but
united for development). He described “Apna Madhya Pradesh” campaign
as the initiative to ensure everyone's participation in development.
Chouhan said that everyone should
discharge his duties with conviction and honesty in whatever role or
capacity he or she is. The dream of state's reconstruction can be
fulfilled only when the government and the society stand shoulder to
Development of social and economic
infrastructures is the joint duty of the government and the people.
He said that we will have to conserve
our wealth and make balanced use of it. We have not only to conserve
greenery but also to augment it. Water conservation is also our
joint responsibility and this applies to energy conservation as
well. Similarly, everyone will have to follow the ideals of keeping
our surroundings, houses, schools, hospitals etc clean. We will also
have to conserve our forests, lakes and wildlife. Addiction has
become a curse these days. Therefore, all of us will have to take up
de-addiction campaign. He appealed to the people to devote a day or
some hours a week for state's development.
Chief Minister Chouhan announced that
a Citizens' Charter Act will be enacted with a view to fix the
deadlines for common man's works. He said that Act provisions will
include not only setting the deadline for works but will also
enshrine penal action for not completing the works within the
Speaking on the occasion, state BJP
president Narendra Singh Tomar said that a state might have
priceless wealth but if the people do not have a feeling of
attachment then this wealth will be exploited, and not used
properly. It is quite necessary that we should be proud to have born
on the soil of Madhya Pradesh and take the state towards the path of
development. He said that the call given by Chief Minister Chouhan
for public participation in state's development will bear fruits. No
doubt, organisation of Foundation Day functions on a large scale
will go a long way in creating a feeling attachment with the state
among the people.
State Congress president Suresh
Pachouri praised organisation of Foundation Day celebrations. He
recalled that after foundation of the state in 1956, a separate
Chhattisgarh state was carved out of it in the year 2000. The state
has seen a lot of ups and downs while going through the process of
constitution and reconstitution.
Madhya Pradesh has ample opportunities
for development and it is necessary that every citizen should feel
the responsibility of materializing these possibilities and dreams
Leader of the Congress Opposition in
Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, Mrs. Jamuna Devi said that that the
pledge for making Golden Madhya Pradesh is commendable. She hoped
that the weeklong functions during Madhya Pradesh Week will be
helpful in creating a feeling of attachment towards the state among
the people. She said that it is also necessary to create a sense of
responsibility among public representatives and officers with a view
to chalking out an all round strategy for development.
Meanwhile, famous film playback singer
Shan (Mumbai) rendered a song 'Sukh ka data, sabka sathi, shubh ka
ye sandesh hai. Maan ki god, pita a ashray, mera Madhya Pradesh hai.'
The song has been penned by journalist and litterateur Mahesh
Shrivastava. Music for the song was composed by Sunil Jha. Besides,
a song was presented under the direction of Kathak dancer and
choreographer Mrs. Suchitra Harmalkar (Indore). Music was composed
by Pramod Bhatt. The song was penned by Puroshottam Chakravarty.
Office-bearers of various political
parties, chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of corporations/board,
Bhopal Mayor Sunil Sood, Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni and other
prominent administrative and police officers, office-bearers of
social and cultural organisations, students and large number of
people were present at the function.