Nar­mada Seva In­spir­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence: Ya­tris

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With ev­ery fresh halt of ‘Na­mami Devi Nar­made’-Seva Yatra, one gets to know of a new story, spe­cial­i­ties and so­cial life re­lated to the spe­cific place. This morn­ing when the Yatra pro­ceeded to­wards its next des­ti­na­tion from Bo­ras vil­lage of Raisen dis­trict, two Nar­mada Ya­tris hap­pened to meet at the Sha­heed Smarak of Bo­ras. Con­nect­ing with the Nar­mada Seva Yatra, they are sat­is­fied with the fact that they have been able to im­prove their phys­i­cal health. It had be­come dif­fi­cult for them to go for a walk daily and so was ex­er­cis­ing and phys­i­cal labour. When Chief Min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan com­menced this Yatra with the ob­jec­tive of con­serv­ing and im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, peo­ple like Jagdish Vish­wakarma and Su­raj Giri were in­spired to con­nect with the Yatra. Jagdish Vish­wakarma who hails from Hoshangabad has been a part of the Yatra since the last 60 days. It is not that he is not at­tached to his fam­ily. He talks to his wife and chil­dren ev­ery day on his cell phone. Af­ter un­der­stand­ing the im­por­tance of Nar­mada Yatra, he felt that he too should give his share of ‘Ahuti’ to this ‘Rash­tra Yagya’. Thus he left for the Nar­mada Yatra. On the other hand, Su­raj Giri of Uj­jain took some time to de­cide whether he wanted to con­nect to the Nar­mada Seva Yatra. When he came to know that sev­eral sadhu-sants were also a part of the yatra, he reached Pi­pariya and joined the yatra fol­low­ing his spir­i­tual in­cli­na­tion. Car­ry­ing his ‘jhola’ all equipped with items for day to day needs, says Su­raj Giri – “I have not joined the Yatra to ful­fil any de­sire; I just wish to move on in life.” Both the Ya­tris not only use the ve­hi­cles that move along with the Nar­mada Seva Yatra, but when­ever they get a chance, they start walk­ing bare­foot cov­er­ing al­most 5-6 kms from one vil­lage to another. Both the Ya­tris lauded the ar­range­ments made for the ya­tris dur­ing the Yatra.

Make sep­a­rate bud­getary pro­vi­sion for Nar­mada says Chief Min­is­ter

Chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan has is­sued in­struc­tions to the de­part­ments re­lated to Nar­mada Seva Mis­sion to make sep­a­rate bud­get pro­vi­sion for Nar­mada Seva. He was re­view­ing the pro­posed work-plan of Nar­mada Seva Mis­sion at Mantralaya on Tues­day. In­struct­ing all de­part­ments to make work plans for Nar­mada conservation and ser­vice, Chouhan said Nar­mada Seva YATRA had be­come the world’s big­gest river conservation cam­paign. He said a de­tailed work-plan of Nar­mada Seva Mis­sion would be an­nounced on May 11 at Amarkan­tak dur­ing the con­clu­sion of Nar­mada Seva Yatra. Chouhan said the Nar­mada Seva Sami­tis be­ing con­sti­tuted in ev­ery vil­lage would be en­trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of conservation of Nar­mada. He is­sued in­struc­tions to pre­pare the man­ual of Nar­mada Seva Mis­sion.

Nar­mada Sewa Yatra : BJP lead­ers to gather in Shah­ganj for 2018 poll strat­egy

With an aim to con­nect with 1.5 crore vot­ers of 16 dis­tricts

through river conservation pro­gramme, the am­bi­tious Nar­mada Sewa Yatra, which be­gan on De­cem­ber 11 last year from its ori­gin in Amarkan­tak, is poised to wit­ness a gala con­gre­ga­tion of saf­fron party lead­ers in Shah­ganj, the home­town of chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on March 27. The much hyped cam­paign is BJP's another ma­jor po­lit­i­cal plank to work in the di­rec­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's Swachchta Ab­hiyan and ini­tia­tives taken by the NDA govern­ment for en­vi­ron­ment conservation and pub­lic wel­fare. More im­por­tant is the saf­fron agenda of so­cial equal­ity, de-ad­dic­tion and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, which have been given im­por­tance in tribal ar­eas by chief min­is­ter Chouhan and re­ceived a thump­ing re­sponse. "We need to save our en­vi­ron­ment and ini­ti­ate mas­sive plan­ta­tion across the banks of river Nar­mada to save soil degra­da­tion. I have started the drive and in­volved peo­ple from across the world for sup­port and I am over­whelmed that the cam­paign has re­ceived such a huge re­sponse'', said Chouhan while ad­dress­ing a gather­ing, on Satur­day. Chief min­is­ter Chouhan's par­tic­i­pa­tion in this cam­paign has at­tracted a high level of in­ter­est from vot­ers. Chouhan has so far at­tended 32 rallies and pub­lic meet­ings dur­ing the Yatra from the be­gin­ning and made 20 ma­jor pub­lic an­nounce­ments, which in­cluded de­vel­op­ing the ori­gin of river Nar­mada as a ma­jor pil­grim­age, anti-al­co­hol and dead­dic­tion drive in all vil­lages sit­u­ated on the river bank, re­moval of liquor shops, con­struc­tion of cre­ma­to­ri­ums, pub­lic toi­lets, sewage plants, di­ver­sion of gut­ters, plan­ta­tion of fruit trees and devel­op­ment of ghats and chang­ing rooms for pil­grims. "BJP lead­ers will gather in vil­lage Jait, the home of chief min­is­ter, and join Nar­mada Yatra with a mes­sage of aware­ness. The pro­gramme is more so­cial rather po­lit­i­cal but, al­most all the state of­fice-bear­ers, cabi­net min­is­ters and union min­is­ters from Mad­hya Pradesh have given their con­sent to join the mas­sive cam­paign'', said BJP state vice-pres­i­dent Vi­jesh Lu­nawat. Sources, in the party said that state lead­er­ship will also plan its main strat­egy for the assem­bly elec­tion slated for Novem­ber 2018. The lead­ers will also try to get the pulse of vot­ers, in case there is anti-in­cum­bency and de­cide po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion for the same. The cam­paign will run till March 28, they added. The Yatra has so far touched more than 3 crore peo­ple in 584 vil­lages of 409 vil­lage pan­chay­ats in 48 blocks. A clear mes­sage from the BJP govern­ment to fi­nan­cially sup­port farm­ers for plant­ing fruit saplings and cease us­ing fer­til­iz­ers in the area has been lauded by the en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists across the coun­try. So far, 37,349 saplings have been planted in 882 vil­lage pan­chayat ar­eas by 1.18 lakh fam­i­lies of farm­ers in 1.44 lakh hectare area, said of­fi­cials in Mantralaya. A team of 50 vol­un­teers, ex­perts, so­cial work­ers and pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives is trav­el­ling with the Yatra to spread the mes­sage of wa­ter, for­est and en­vi­ron­ment conservation, bio-farm­ing and pol­lu­tion con­trol, said of­fi­cials in the Mantralaya. On Satur­day, the Yatra cov­er­ing a dis­tance of 2,444 kms en­tered Se­hore dis­trict on 97th day through chief min­is­ter's assem­bly con­stituency Budhni to reach Ban­drab­han, a lo­cal pil­grim­age where Chouhan wel­comed Yoga and med­i­ta­tion ex­pert Sat­guru Jaggi Va­sudev of Isha Foun­da­tion. Sat­guru has in­spired the chief min­is­ter to set up a hap­pi­ness depart­ment in the state for the well-be­ing of the so­ci­ety which is said to be another so­cio-po­lit­i­cal agenda of RSS-BJP govern­ment. To in­crease pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion and aware­ness, the govern­ment has in­volved 518 pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives, so­cial work­ers, ex­perts and renowned per­son­al­i­ties and 100 more have promised to join the sa­cred cam­paign. To name a few in­cluded spir­i­tual lead­ers Awad­he­shanand Giri, Sri Sri Rav­is­hankar, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Ra­jen­dra Singh, film­maker Prakash Jha, Sad­hvi Ri­tumb­hara, film di­rec­tor and ac­tor Chan­dra Prakash Dw­evedi, Anupam Kher, singers Anup Jalota, Anu­radha Paud­wal, Alka Yag­nik, RSS chief Mo­han Bhag­wat and Brah­maku­mari Bhavna Didi. Per­son­al­i­ties like Uma Bharti, Swami Satyami­tranand, dan­suse Sonal Mansingh, so­cial work­ers Anna Ha­jare, Su­nita Narayan, vo­cal­ist Pan­dit Jas­raj, Ta­lat Aziz, Kailash Kher, Padma Vib­hushan Pan­dit Vishwa Mo­han Bhatt, ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­pai, politi­cian Sat­pal Ma­haraj, re­li­gious nar­ra­tor Mo­rari Bapu, union min­is­ter Naren­dra Singh To­mar and ac­tor Vivek Oberoi have also given their con­sent to join the Yatra. The cam­paign will run for 118 days across 1077km stretch of Nar­mada river, be­gin­ning from Amarkan­tak (dis­trict Anup­pur) and cul­mi­nat­ing in Sondva (dis­trict Ali­ra­jpur), which is 82.24% of river's to­tal length. A to­tal 2,930km area will be cov­ered in­volv­ing 962 vil­lages, 51 blocks and 16 dis­tricts, said the of­fi­cials. Dur­ing the Yatra, Chouhan also re­it­er­ated state govern­ment's am­bi­tious schemes such as sub­sidised food scheme `Deen­dayal Thali', Kanya Vi­vah and Nikah Yo­jana, schol­ar­ship to mer­i­to­ri­ous stu­dents and pat­tas to all who were born in Mad­hya Pradesh.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Min­is­ter of Mad­hya Pradesh

BJP State Vice Pres­i­dent Vi­jesh Lu­nawat

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