Raipur: Taking a jibe at central government over Jhiram Ghati Naxal attack case, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday said we want to know the names of those who killed the martyrs in the attack. The accused should be arrested; however the central government is not allowing so. The NIA is not investigating the matter nor allowing us to do so.
Chief Minister said this while his visit to Jagdalpur in Bastar district. Chief Minister unveiled various gifts at Muria Durbar of Bastar Dussehra.
On the request of MP and Bastar Dussehra Samiti Chairman Deepak Baij, Baghel made 20 announcements. He announced that application would be collected from all Manjhi Chalkis and they would be provided forestland rights certificates within six months. Likewise, Honorarium of Manjhis has been hiked from Rs 1350 to Rs 2000 per months, and that of Chaalkis has been hiked from Rs 675 to Rs 1000, whereas honorarium of executive members has been hiked from Rs 1000 to Rs 1100 and honorarium of 21 pujaris has been increased from Rs 3000 to Rs 3500, annual honorarium of Rs 15000 to Gurumaya and Bhandar-Devi priest, Munda Baja player, Mohari Baja player and seven members of worship, Rs 11,000 to people who do Jogibithai, and honorarium of total Rs 42,000 has been announced for the the chariot-making party.
Baghel announced recruitment on Manjhi-Chaalki vacancies within 6 months, upgrading of Manjhi Bhawan in Jagdalpur and fulfillment of other demands of Chalkis within 6 months.
On the occasion, Baghel said that Bastar holds the record of celebrating the world's longest festival. This festival, which is celebrated for two and a half months every year, was celebrated for three and a half months this year. Bastar Dussehra is the longest running festival of the world, and not just India. This event is popular across the country and abroad, a major attraction for a large number of foreign tourists.
Describing Bastar's passion for freedom, he said that Raja Gaindsingh was hanged here in year 1824, long before the commencement of India's freedom struggle in 1857. This event sparked the rebellion in Bastar, and its flames later spread across the country.
Saluting all the gems of Chhattisgarh including the first martyr Veeranarayan Singh, Chief Minister said that Bastar played a special role in the independence of the country. People from tribal communities of Dantewada, Kanker, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Kanker come all the way to participate in this event. Along with the celebrations, discussion on social progress is also held at Muria Durbar. Chief Minister praised the tribal community's resolve to plant trees as compensation for cutting the trees to build chariots for Bastar Dussehra.
Chief Minister praised Deepak Baij, MP and Chairman of Bastar Dussehra Committee. He said that he is living up to his responsibility as the chairman of Bastar Dussehra Committee. Praising Bastar Dussehra Committee and the district administration for the successful organization of this mega festival during Corona crisis, Chief Minister said that not only all the rituals of this festival were organized systematically, security arrangements during the event were also at par. On this occasion, Tribal Welfare Minister and in-charge Minister of Bastar district, Dr Premsai Singh Tekam and Industry Minister Kawasi Lakhma also addressed the public.