Chandigarh, Dec 6– The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, today declared Kurukshetra and Sirsa (both rural and urban) as Open Defecation Free districts, and said that the state government had identified 50 targets during the Swarna Jayanti year which would provide the roadmap for overall development of the state.
He was speaking at the International Seminar on Gita on the theme “Bhagwad Gita Sampurn Jeevan Prabandhan aur Vishwa Bandhutatv avm Prayatan Prerna” organized during the International Gita Mahotsav-2016 in Kurukshetra. On behalf of the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, the Haryana Governor, Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, addressed the seminar.
During the Mahotsav, 18,000 students would recite the Ashtadash Shaloki Gita together at the theme park setting a world record. Similarly, with a view to spreading the eternal message of Gita to the world community, global chanting of Shrimad Bhagvad Gita would be held from 6 pm to 6:15 pm on Gita Jayanti Day before the final deepdan ceremony at Brahamsarovar in Kurukshetra.
The Chief Minister said that while on one hand the state government was persistently working to ensure a bright future of the state, on the other hand, we take pride on our glorious history. Since Saraswati river is a symbol of faith and belief, the state government has constituted Saraswati Heritage Development Board for rejuvenation, conservation and research on this mythical river.
He said that the roadmap for Krishna Circuit had been prepared to develop this holy land as a world class tourist destination. Under this project, a sum of about Rs 100 crore would be spent on the development and beautification of Sanhit Sarover, Ameen Kund, Narkatari, Brahamsarover and Jyotisar.
Besides, a 3D multi-media show based on different topics of Mahabharata, a grand statue of Lord Krishna and a theme park complex depicting the 48 kos areas, would also be developed.
During the Swarna Jayanti year, various new schemes were being implemented for the welfare of farmers, labourers, youth, women and others. Under the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao programme, the average sex ratio at birth in the state is over 900. Our target is to achieve the figure of 950, he added.
He said that with a view to ensuring corruption-free administration, the state government had implemented various e-services in the state. The CM Window set up for redressal of people's grievances has proved to be very effective. The CM Web Portal is working as a bridge between the government and the people.
The Chief Minister said that youths from 574 districts of the country had reached Kurukshetra, showcasing one Shloka each scripted on their traditional dresses. The sand brought by them from their respective districts would be utilised for making an idol of Lord Krishna to symbolise unity and integrity of the country, he added.
Various great personalities, including thinkers, writers and philosophers has not only adopted the ideals of the Gita in their lives but also inspired others to do so. Quality management institutes of the world like Howard Business School and Kelag School of Business have included various aspects of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita in their curriculum.
The Chief Minister said that the great battle of Mahabharta, had been fought 5,000 years ago on the land where lord Krishna had delivered the celestial message of Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna which continues to be a source of inspiration for the humanity today.