Paying glowing tributes to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 149th birth anniversary, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday exhorted the people to follow the philosophy of peace and non-violence as propounded by Gandhi to carve out an egalitarian society.
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a mega camp on Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana (MGSVY) here at Kisan Vikas Chamber in SAS Nagar (Mohali), the CM said Mahatma Gandhi was possibly the only global leader who won the battle of freedom through his ideology of non-violence.
He said Gandhi was a great statesman and an iconic personality who widely travelled across the world to propagate his philosophy of love, peace and non-violence. Even a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who spent nearly 27 years in prison, was an admirer and follower of Gandhi’s ideology, he added.
Underlining the significance of MGSVY, the CM said that the scheme was launched in the state to ensure inclusive development by reaching out all deprived sections of the society and to ensure that the benefits of all the schemes of socio-economic development reach the poorest of the poor as a befitting tribute to the Gandhi.
The CM said that the Rural Development and Panchayats Department, being the nodal department, had organised mega camps in all the 22 districts and 90 sub-divisions across the state.
He said that the sole objective of launching this scheme was to ensure that only the deserving and underprivileged sections of the society get the benefits of the state government’s pro-poor initiatives.
On the occasion, the CM handed over appointment letters to 31 persons under ghar-ghar rozgar scheme, besides cheques of debt waiver to 23 farmers and financial grant under Ashirwad scheme to five beneficiaries.