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Smriti Van in memory of Govind Guru dedicated by Chief Minister

Gujarat will celebrate centenary of Guru Govind’s freedom movement next year

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi launches 63rd State Van Mahotsav at Mangarh Hill in Panchmahals

CM pays rich tribute to unknown tribal martyrs

1507 trees were planted to commemorate the martyrdom of 1507 tribal martyrs

 

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced that Gujarat would celebrate Centenary of the tribal reformist Govind Guru’s freedom movement against British Rule, that was started in 1913 AD in this hilly terrain of Mangarh Hills in Panchmahals district..

Chief Minister said, we have adopted a novel concept by connecting Van Mahotsavs, not only with forest and environment but also with cultural heritage and people’s faith to make this event a permenant memory for society.With the formation of Govind Guru Smriti Van the memory of martyrdom of tribal martyrs would be remembered for ever, he added.

Shri. Narendra Modi launched 63rd State Van Mahotsav from Mangarh Hill, bordering Rajasthan, on Monday, where 1500 odd tribal martyrs were killed by British Rulers, in Santrampur taluka of tribal dominated Panchmahals district. Thousands of tribal people gathered to give ribute to their beloved martyrs.

He announced to provide two lakh accomodations to tribals living below poverty line by december, 2012. We have opened Science strem Higher secondary schools in 45 tribal dominated talukas, he added. Gujarat Government has, so far, allocated Rs.40 thousand crore for development of tribal people under ambitious Van Bandhu Kalyaan Yojna.

Chief Minister felicitated Late Govind Guru’s grand son Mangiri Maharaj. He also awarded villages and taluka office bearers for their contributions in afforestation. Forest officials were felicitated with “Van Pandit” award by the CM. He also released books published by forest department. Shri. Modi was honoured by hundreds of tribal folks.

Chief Minister said, Govind Guru was a social and religious reformist, who tried hard to change and improve the lives of tribal people and made them, refrained from social evils. He united them to fight against injustice and exploitation from British Rulers.. 1507 tribal people sacrificed their lives for Govind Guru’s principles at this holy place, he added.

Coming down heavily on Centre for encouraging meat export policy, that would lead to slaughter of cow breeds, he said. The Chief Minister has earlier announced to launch State level Van Mahotsav from this historic place to commemorate the martyrdom of these unknown tribal freedom fighters who were disciples of Govind Guru. Significantly, last year’s state Level Van Mahotsav was also kicked off at Pavagarh in Panchmahals district.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashanker Gupta, Forest Minister Mangubhai Patel, State Forest minister Kiritsinh Rana, MP Purushottam Rupala also spoke on the occassion. Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Fakirbhai Vaghela, MOS Tribal development Jashvantsinh Bhabhor, Minister Jaidrathsinh Parmar, MP from Rajasthan OM Mathur were also present. Forest and environment secretary S. K. Nanda delivered welcome speech.

A Govind Guru Smriti Van with 1,507 trees was dedicated by Shri. Narendra Modi at Mangarh in the memory of Govind Guru who worked for the social and economic uplift of Bhils and other tribal living in the region bordering Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In all, 1,507 tribal people were killed in the freedom struggle against the British in 1913. Gujarat Government plans to develop Mangarh as a pilgrimage centre and as a place of tourist interest too.

Even as tribal people know the importance of trees, nearly 30,000 saplings have been planted earlier too, in clusters named Nakshatra Van, Rashi Van, Tulsi Van.

The Smriti Van is in the series of several clusters of forest, set up by Gujarat Government over the last decade, called ‘Sanskritik Van’, namely Punit Van at Gandhinagar, Mangalya Van at Ambaji, Teerthankar Van at Taranga Teerth, Hairhar Van at Somnath, Bhakti Van at Chotila, Shyamal Van at Shamlaji, Pavak Van at Palitana and Virasat Van at Pavagadh.

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PM chairs high level meeting to review preparedness to deal with Cyclone Jawad
December 02, 2021
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PM directs officials to take all necessary measures to ensure safe evacuation of people
Ensure maintenance of all essential services and their quick restoration in case of disruption: PM
All concerned Ministries and Agencies working in synergy to proactively counter the impact of the cyclone
NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc; 33 teams on standby
Indian Coast Guard and Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations
Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army on standby for deployment
Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams on standby along the eastern coast

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries & concerned agencies to deal with the situation arising out of the likely formation of Cyclone Jawad.

Prime Minister directed officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and that they are restored immediately in the event of any disruption. He further directed them to ensure adequate storage of essential medicines & supplies and to plan for unhindered movement. He also directed for 24*7 functioning of control rooms.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that low pressure region in the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into Cyclone Jawad and is expected to reach coast of North Andhra Pradesh – Odisha around morning of Saturday 4th December 2021, with the wind speed ranging upto 100 kmph. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha & W.Bengal. IMD has been issuing regular bulletins with the latest forecast to all the concerned States.

Cabinet Secretary has reviewed the situation and preparedness with Chief Secretaries of all the Coastal States and Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned.

Ministry of Home Affairs is reviewing the situation 24*7 and is in touch with the State Governments/ UTs and the Central Agencies concerned. MHA has already released the first instalment of SDRF in advance to all States. NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc. in the States and has kept 33 teams on standby.

Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment. Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the coast. Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams are standby at locations along the eastern coast.

Ministry of Power has activated emergency response systems and is keeping in readiness transformers, DG sets and equipments etc. for immediate restoration of electricity. Ministry of Communications is keeping all the telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom network. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an advisory to the States/ UTs, likely to be affected, for health sector preparedness and response to COVID in affected areas.

Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways has taken measures to secure all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels. The states have also been asked to alert the industrial establishments such as Chemical & Petrochemical units near the coast.

NDRF is assisting the State agencies in their preparedness for evacuating people from the vulnerable locations and is also continuously holding community awareness campaigns on how to deal with the cyclonic situation.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, DG NDRF and DG IMD.