“Lok Mela has kept our culture alive” – Chief Minister
Collectors hands over a cheque of Rs. 51,11,111 for Chief Minister’s Relief Fund
Gandhinagar, Wednesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel kept open Azadina Amrut Lokmela in Rajkot on Wednesday evening amid the rain of Shravan and the enthusiasm of thousands of people. Along with this, an atmosphere of joy has been created in Rajkot for five days from today.
Along with this fair, the Chief Minister inaugurated the exhibition and sale stalls run by the District Village Development Agency, the exhibition dome of the Information Department and the weapons display stall of the police. On this occasion, the Amrit Yojana Book of Central and State Government organized by the District Administration was also released. After inauguration CM with other ministers and dignitaries enjoyed the rides in the fair.
The CM said that in the holy month of Shravan, Rajkot is getting devoted in Lord Shri Ram and Shri Krishna. We have launched an urban forest named Ram Van. Events associated with the names of Lord Shri Ram and Shri Krishna, two great symbols of the eternal Hindu culture, are taking shape in Rajkot. Not only in India but also abroad people believe and follow Rama and Krishna. Lord Krishna has a deep influence on the deep folk culture of Saurashtra.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has called us to take pride of our heritage on Independence Day. Habitation, language, food, traditions, festivals and fairs are our cultural heritage. Festivals are the means by which we can proudly display this heritage to the world. He said that Lok Mela is the heartbeat of Gujarat’s culture. Lok Mela has kept our culture alive. Our folk fairs are also a symbol of social harmony, unity, brotherhood. This Lok Mela is going to be a place of joy for the people of Rajkot and Saurashtra.
CM also said that we should also fulfill our duties as citizens including cleanliness, maintain public property.
Minister of Education and District In-Charge Minister Shri Jitu Vaghani said that in the holy month of Shravan, devotion to Lord Mahadev, public offering of Ramvan and this Lok Mela organized on the occasion of Lord Shri Krishna’s birth festival has created a unique Triveni Sangam. This Lok Mela is being held for the first time after Covid. Due to Prime Ministers vaccine drive we are able to enjoy this lok mela after Covid.
Former governor of Karnataka Shri Vajubhai Vala addressed in a typical style that the people of Rajkot and Saurashtra are cultured. Lakhs of people enjoy this Lok Mela, but not a single untoward incident takes place.
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani said that Lok Mela is an integral part of our culture. People come here and leave their pain, hustle, tiredness.
Chief Minister, Ministers and Dignitaries were welcomed at the gate with flowers. Later, the opening ceremony of the fair started with lamp lighting. After welcoming all the dignitaries, the Collector delivered a welcome speech.
Minister of Agriculture Mr. Raghavjibhai Patel, Minister of State for Labor and Employment Mr. Brijeshbhai Merja, Minister of State for Transport Mr. Arvindbhai Raiyani, MP Mr. Mohanbhai Kundaria, Mr. Rambhai Mokaria, MLAs Mr. Govindbhai Patel, Mr. Lakhabhai Sagathia, Mayor of Rajkot Municipality Mr. Pradeep Dav, District Collector Mr. Arun Mahesh Babu, District Development Officer, Commissioner, Commissioner of Police, President of Rajkot District Panchayat, Regional Director of Municipality, District Administration, Police officers and other dignitaries were present.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat