Nitish pays tributes to Lohia on his death anniversary
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.
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.