CM hoisted the tricolour in the states, and make promises – from jobs to new schemes
On the occasion of 76th Independence Day, Chief Ministers of various states hoisted the national flag and announced new schemes. Have a look at what some of them said:
Yogi Adityanath in his speech said, “Service, security and good governance” are the priorities of his government. He said that the UP administration is working on a plan to develop Ayodhya along the lines of “Divya Kashi Vishwanath Dham”. Work is also going on for the overall development of other religious places like Brajbhoomi and Naimisharanya.
Eknath Shinde said that the state has started its journey to become the leader of the country and his government has not stopped any public welfare scheme. After unfurling the national flag, Shinde said his government was committed to providing benefits of reservation to OBC, Maratha and Dhangar communities.
The focus of Nitish Kumar’s speech at Gandhi Maidan in Patna was on jobs. Nitish promised that the new government would create 20 lakh jobs within and outside the government. Nitish referred to his deputy Tejashwi Yadav, who had promised 10 lakh jobs during the 2020 election campaign. Tejashwi called it a ‘historic announcement.
In a series of tweets, Mamata Banerjee said she wants to build a nation where no one goes hungry, no woman feels insecure and where no oppressive forces divide people. He said that Indians should uphold the dignity of democratic values.
Bhupendra Patel announced to increase the eligibility criteria of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act from Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 15,000. He also said that every NFSA card holder would be provided 1 kg of chana (gram) at subsidized rates. Patel made this announcement at an event in Modasa, Aravalli.
Chief Minister MK Stalin said that the freedom struggle did not start in 1857 but much earlier. “For some, the freedom struggle began only with the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857, but the Tamils started it much earlier.” He announced a museum in Chennai that will document Tamil Nadu’s 260 years of contribution to India’s freedom struggle, as well as an increase of Rs 20,000 in the government’s pension for freedom fighters.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said the “spirited celebrations and show of love for the tricolour” were a response to the call of terrorist groups to “boycott” the Independence Day celebrations. The CM said the government has decided to withdraw 1 lakh petty cases related to social media posts that were registered before midnight of August 14 to reduce the “burden on the lower judiciary”.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that a memorial of RSS founder K B Hedgewar would be built at Rampalli in Balaghat district for his contribution to “awakening the spirit of Swaraj and freedom struggle”. He said that another memorial – “Veer Bharat Smarak” – will be built in Bhopal to showcase the lifestyle of freedom fighters and revolutionaries of Madhya Pradesh.
Basavaraj Bommai announced a new scheme to employ a member of the family of soldiers who died in the line of duty. Among other new initiatives, the CM said Rs 250 crore would be allocated for a clean and hygienic environment in government schools and colleges to increase toilet coverage, and a loan subsidy of Rs 50,000 would be given to backward class and scheduled caste artisans.
Pinarayi Vijayan said, “We can realize the dream of freedom fighters as a country that encompasses its rich diversity” while maintaining only federal principles. Vijayan said his government is moving forward on programs to bridge the digital gap, end extreme poverty and address homelessness.
Bhagwant Mann expressed concern over the youth of the state migrating abroad due to unemployment. Urging the youth to stay in Punjab, he assured them that his government would “open new medical colleges, schools and stadiums in Punjab so that your children get all the opportunities here”.