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.
NEW DELHI, Dec 6 – The International Gita Mahotsav-2016 began today at Kurukshetra amid chanting of hymns and ‘Gita Pujan’ performed by Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, and Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal. The Mahotsav is being organised to mark Gita Jayanti from December 6 to 10, 2016.
Reaching the sports complex of Kurukshetra University at Kurukshetra, the Governor and Chief Minister met the 574 delegates from different districts of the country representing an equal number of shlokas of Shreemad Bhagavad Gita, who had arrived for the Mahotsav. They later reached Purshottampura Bagh, Brahma Sarovar, where they, along with the Ministers and other dignitaries, performed Gita Pujan amid chanting of hymns.
Later, the Governor and Chief Minister inspected the model of Gita Gyan Sansthanam, where research on all aspects of the Bhagavad Gita would be carried out. The Governor said that the entire world would gain knowledge of the Gita through the Gita Gyan Sansthanam, which would inculcate moral values in every person. When every person in the world would be cultured, then the State and the country would forge ahead on the path of success. The State Government has provided all possible facilities to the Sansthanam, he added. Gita Manishi, Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj, also gave detailed information about the proposed Sansthanam.
The Governor and Chief Minister inspected the model of Krishna Circuit, which would be developed at a cost of Rs 97.35 crore under ‘Swadesh Darshan Yojana’. The Chief Minister said that out of the total budget, Rs 38.64 crore would be spent on Brahma Sarovar for construction of water-based theme based on the Mahabharata, world-class multimedia laser show, beautification of all sides of the Brahma Sarovar, lighting and parking. Apart from this, Rs 1.20 crore out of this budget would be spent on Multipurpose Tourist Information Centre, he added.
He said that under the Krishna Circuit project, Rs 31.08 crore would be spent on development of Jyotisar Tirath. Under this, landscaping and beautification of the Tirath would be carried out. To facilitate the tourists, tirath entrance gate, canteen, parking, bathrooms, toilets and another such facilities would be constructed. Apart from this, information pertaining to the Mahabharata, history of river Saraswati, civilisations and tourist destinations flourishing along the banks of river Saraswati, and places of pilgrimage in 48 kos would be provided.
The Chief Minister said that Rs 6.50 crore would be spent on beautification of Sannihit Sarovar, apart from, arrangements for lighting, parking, canteen, water treatment project and sanitation. A tourist assistance centre would also be established at a cost of Rs 1.23 crore, he added.
He said that about Rs two crore would be spent for re-construction and beautification of Baan Ganga at Narkatari, apart from construction of toilets and canteen and arrangements for cleanliness, parking and lighting. Later, the Governor and Chief Minister went around the exhibition organised by Sarawati Heritage Development Board and viewed the model of Saraswati project.
Those present on the occasion included Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr. Kanwar Pal, Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Santosh Yadav, Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Tourism Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, Transport Minister, Mr. Krishan Lal Panwar, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Krishan Kumar, Minister of State for Mines and Geology, Mr. Nayab Singh, Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister, Mr. Karan Dev Kamboj, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Shyam Singh Rana, Member of Parliament, Mr. Raj Kumar Saini, State BJP President, Mr. Subhash Barala, MLAs, Mr. Subhash Sudha, Dr. Pawan Saini, Mr. Bikram Singh Yadav, Mr. Gian Chand Gupta, Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Amit Arya, OSD to Chief Minister, Mr. Amrinder Singh, Nodal Officer for International Gita Mahotsav-2016, Mr. Anil Kumar, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Development Corporation, Mr. Sameer Pal Srow and other senior officers of the State Government.
NEW DELHI, December 6—The Haryana Governor, Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, has said the 21st century belongs to India, the whole world is looking at our country and India has high hopes from Haryana.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the International Seminar on Shrimad Bhagwad Gita: Holistic Life Management and World Heritage Tourism, held in Kurukshetra, today, he said that a fresh wave of energy was sweeping the country, and India had begun to take a positive turn.
Referring to the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, the Governor said he took the people of the country as his high command. A survey has been got conducted by Time Magazine in which Mr Modi got the highest votes which clearly shows that India is progressing at a rapid pace.
He also recalled the words of Swami Vivekananda who had said that while 17th century belonged to England, 18th century belonged to France, 19th to Germany, 20th to America, and 21st century would belong to India.
The Governor said that India was passing through a process of reawakening, young India would lead the world in the 21st century and Bhagwad Gita would serve as the guiding principle. The Gita contains the principles for leading a holistic life, which can result in contentment and bring about a fine balance between the material and spiritual successes.
To achieve success in life, the messages and teachings of the Gita need to be imbibed in thought, words and action. He lauded the organizers for scaling up the Gita Jayanti celebrations to international level where delegates from over a dozen countries participated in the seminar in Kurukshetra University, and global chanting of the shalokas of Gita would be done in 25 countries at the same time.
Speaking on the occasion, the Education and Tourism Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, said that Bhagwad Gita which contained the saga of a battle, has several messages for every aspect of life. The Gita has been included in the curriculum of school education to infuse values in the young minds.
Gita Manishin Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj said that Gita did not deter one from achieving material success but enshrined upon individuals to balance it with spirituality.
Maulana Kokab Mujtaba, President, Ulema Foundation, Sawgawan Sadat, Amroha, and a scholar on Bhagwad Gita, made a vivid scholarly analysis of various aspects of the Gita which inspire the entire humanity.
He stressed the need for translating Bhagwad Gita into Urdu and other languages so that it is read and understood by people from other religions and they appreciate the universal character of Gita.
Shyam Gupta, National Convenor of Ekal Abhiyan, said that in order to achieve a national representation on Gita Jayanti, one person from each of the 574 districts of the country had been invited.
Mr David Frawley, founder of American Institute of Vedic Studies, Bhai Satpal Singh, Chairman, Ram Das Mission in US, also spoke. Haryana Chief Secretary Mr D. S Dhesi, presented the welcome address. Vice- Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra Dr. Kailash Chandra Sharma, presented a vote of thanks.