Ni­tish pays trib­utes to Lo­hia on his death an­niver­sary

The Hitavada - - NATION -

BI­HAR Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar on Thurs­day paid trib­utes to vet­eran so­cial­ist leader Ram Manohar Lo­hia on the oc­ca­sion of his 50th death an­niver­sary.

Ku­mar gar­landed a statue of Lo­hia and artists sang bha­jans at a func­tion in Kankarbagh area of the state cap­i­tal.

The Chief Min­is­ter had said on many oc­ca­sions in the past that he fol­lowed Lo­hia’s ideals. He had also quoted Lo­hia dur­ing his cam­paigns for so­cial causes.

Road Construction Depart­ment Min­is­ter Nand Kishore Ya­dav, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Kr­ish­nan­dan Varma, MLAs Shyam Ra­jak and Arun Sinha were also present there on the oc­ca­sion. Born on March 23, 1910, Lo­hia was a free­dom fighter and one of the founders of the Con­gress So­cial­ist Party. RES­I­DENTS of a re­mote vil­lage in Ut­tarak­hand’s Pithor­a­garh district have been forced to sur­vive only on home-grown pota­toes and rice for the last two months af­ter a cru­cial con­nect­ing road got dam­aged in heavy show­ers, hit­ting the sup­ply of es­sen­tials.

The lo­cals of Gol­pha vil­lage are mulling an ag­i­ta­tion de­mand­ing restora­tion of the 10-km stretch between Gol­pha and Mad­kot, from where they re­ceived es­sen­tial sup­plies ear­lier.

Lo­cated in the newly-con­sti­tuted Ban­ga­pani sub-di­vi­sion near the Indo-China border, Gol­pha has not re­ceived PDS sup­plies since July when the route got dam­aged in heavy show­ers.

“We are be­ing com­pelled to start an ag­i­ta­tion and sit on Dharna at the sub-divi­sional head­quar­ters, as our chil­dren have not tasted roti and salt since two months. We are sur­viv­ing only on home­grown pota­toes and rice as no sup­ply of es­sen­tials like wheat, salt or onion, are reach­ing the vil­lage due to the road block­age,” Di­gar Singh Phar­swan, a vil­lager said.

Mean­while, Pithor­a­garh District Mag­is­trate C Rav­is­hankar said sup­ply depart­ment of­fi­cers have not in­formed the ad­min­is­tra­tion about the dire food sit­u­a­tion in the area. “I have or­dered an in­quiry against the of­fi­cers con­cerned and also in­structed the PWD to com­plete dam­aged por­tion of the route in one week’s time,” the DM said.

Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cals, at least five fam­i­lies have left the vil­lage due to non-avail­abil­ity of ra­tion for the last two months and the thin pos­si­bil­ity of the route be­ing re­paired in the near fu­ture.

The Food Grain In­spec­tor (FGI) at Mad­kot, who is re­spon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing ra­tion to high-al­ti­tude vil­lages in this part of Mun­si­yari, ac­knowl­edged that ra­tion was not dis­patched to the vil­lage af­ter July this year.

(PTI)

Bi­har Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar com­ing out af­ter pay­ing trib­utes to vet­eran so­cial­ist leader Ram Manohar Lo­hia on his death an­niver­sary in Patna on Thurs­day.

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