Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel paid tribute to the late former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna awardee Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary, May 21.
- CM Baghel emphasized Rajiv Gandhi’s foresight in driving India’s IT and telecom revolution, establishing the framework for a 21st-century India, and promoting the adoption of new technologies.
- The Rajiv Gandhi Kisan NYAY Yojana and Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Bhumiheen Krishi Majdoor NYAY Yojana provide agricultural input subsidies to farmers and landless workers, respectively.
- The Chief Minister highlighted Rajiv Gandhi’s unwavering stance against terrorism and his selflessness for the country.
Remembering Rajiv Gandhi’s vision and contributions to the country’s development, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel acknowledged Rajiv Gandhi as the youngest Prime Minister of India and the architect of modern India in the 21st century. Rajiv Gandhi was instrumental in starting India’s IT and telecom revolution, creating the foundation for a 21st-century India, and encouraging the uptake of new technologies, according to CM Baghel. Furthermore, Baghel highlighted former PM’s efforts in establishing the framework for a 21st-century India, empowering the youth by lowering the voting age to 18, granting constitutional status to Panchayati Raj, decentralising power to villages through Panchayati Raj, and promoting the adoption of new technologies. He said, “Rajiv Ji was a visionary leader who played a pivotal role in shaping modern India. His connection with Chhattisgarh was special, as he visited the tribal area of Kulhadighat in the Gariaband district in 1985, which remains deeply ingrained in the memories of the people.” He also visited the Dugli village, now known as ‘Rajiv Gram’.
Baghel further emphasised that Rajiv Gandhi had a roadmap for inclusive development, formulating various policies for rapid economic growth and equitable distribution of its benefits. Following in his footsteps, the Chhattisgarh government is dedicated to the development of all sections of society, from the underprivileged to entrepreneurs.
In 2020, on the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, the state government launched the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Kisan NYAY Yojana’, providing agricultural input subsidies of Rs 9,000 per acre to over 24 lakh farmers in the state through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Similarly, the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Bhumiheen Krishi Majdoor NYAY Yojana’ was initiated to assist agricultural labourers in the farming sector, offering an annual amount of Rs 7,000 through DBT to landless workers.
Bhupesh Baghel also highlighted Rajiv Gandhi’s unwavering stance against terrorism and his selflessness for the country. Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary on May 21st is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day nationwide as a tribute to him. The true tribute to Rajiv Gandhi lies in eradicating terrorism, naxalism, and corruption while fostering the country and the state’s development.