LG seeks public support in implementing welfare schemes under ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’

Islanders pay rich tributes to Dr BR Ambedkar
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Port Blair
15 Apr 2018

The Lt. Governor, A&N Island, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) led the Islanders in paying rich tributes to the Architect of our Constitution, Dr. B.R Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary at a function organised by the A&N Administration at the statue of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar near Ambedkar Auditorium on Saturday. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar, DGP, Smti. Nuzhat Hassan, Adhyaksha, ZPSA, Smti. Baby Fareeda, other senior officers of the Administration, PRIs, PBMC councillors and ward members and general public also attended the programme. The Lt. Governor offered floral tributes at the statue of Dr. B.R Ambedkar followed by floral tributes by the Member of Parliament, Chief Secretary, DGP, other dignitaries and citizens.
Addressing the gathering, the Lt. Governor remarked that Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was an accomplished jurist, economist, politician and a social reformer whose life has been a quest for equality and justice. He devoted his life and efforts towards bringing a positive difference in the lives of the poor, marginalized and the lesser privileged. Multifaceted and multi-talented that he was, Dr. Ambedkar left behind his marks on various domains, said the Lt. Governor adding that his views will continue to remain a source of motivation and propel us to do more for socio-economic empowerment, to take our nation towards greater heights. His caution,  while our Constitution became operative was that “at one stroke, we will have equality in Political domain but the same may not apply to social and economic domain with such ease. In Politics, we will be recognizing the principle of one man, one vote and one vote, one value. In our social and economic life, we shall by our social and economic structure continue to deny the principle of one man, one value. And if it is denied for long, we will be doing so only by putting our political democracy at peril”. This very thought remains a touchstone for assessing our development process and progress, every time, awakening us from our slumber and invigorating us towards harder work as a community to attain higher societal goals, said the Lt. Governor.
The Lt. Governor further remarked that Dr. Ambedkar was a nationalist to the core. He wanted our loyalty as Indians to be effective and to rise above any competitive loyalty, whether these loyalties arises out of religion, of our culture or out of our language. He wanted all people to be Indian first, Indian last and nothing else but Indians. The Lt. Governor congratulated the Prime Minister for dedicating Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial at Delhi to the nation on April 13, where Baba Saheb’s life and works will be showcased through modern technology, he said. The Lt. Governor also lauded the efforts of the Union Government towards the implementation of ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ which, he said, is praise worthy. This Abhiyan will be undertaken for reaching out to the poor households, spreading awareness about Govt. welfare schemes and people centric initiatives, he added.
The Lt. Governor further added that a special initiative of universal coverage under several welfare programmes in 21058 identified villages across the country has been contemplated. The ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme has also begun yesterday and it will assure health facilities and services to the citizens. The day also marks the launch of the scheme ‘Van Dhan Yojana’ which aims at empowering tribal communities and helping them monetize from forest produce. The schemes envisage a mechanism for marketing of minor forest produce through a minimum support price and development of value chain for minor forest produce, the Lt. Governor stated.
He also reiterated the commitment of the Administration towards the betterment of quality of life to all the citizens of these Islands. He also urged all the Islanders to render their full support to the initiatives through ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’, ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme and ‘Van Dhan Yojana’, without which, the success of these laudable schemes cannot be accomplished. The Member of Parliament lauded the tenets of the Constitution which he said, should be implemented in the right earnest. He also highlighted the contributions of Dr. B.R Ambedkar towards the country’s socio-economic development.
The Chief Secretary threw light on the contributions and academic accomplishments of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, who is commonly known as the Architect of the Indian Constitution. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar is a multifaceted personality whose background was just not limited to Political Science alone but he was also a professional Economist with a wide range of interest. His contribution towards the formation of RBI besides being the champion of the rights of the down trodden people and for any oppressed section of the society cannot be forgotten, said the Chief Secretary adding that we must all strive to live up to his virtues.
The Secretary, Bodhi Satva Ambedkar Cultural Association, Mr Kameshwar Rao, while speaking highlighted the life history of Dr. B.R Ambedkar and his notable contributions for the country. The Sr. Vice Chairperson, PBMC, Smti. Vinita Malhotra briefed about the significance of the day and the notable contributions of Dr. B.R Ambedkar. The programme culminated with the vote of thanks proposed by the Adhyaksha, ZPSA, Baby Fareeda.