The annual Shravani Mela at Deoghar began today with pledge of cleanliness and humility among the masses. Chief Minister Raghubar Das inaugurated the Mela, popular among Lord Shiva devotees across the nation, seeking blessings from the almighty for the welfare of 3.25 crore people of the State.
Inaugurating the fair, Das greeted the people of the State and said that Deoghar is considered as ‘Cultural Capital’ of the State and this title is useless without Lord Mahadev. The CM said that the State is progressing towards becoming a developed State with the blessings of Lord Shiva.
The CM said, on the occasion that just like Kumbh Mela and Prayagraj, Shravani Mela of Deoghar should become renowned in the world due to its cleanliness and humbleness. He appeled to the people, social and political organisations to play their roles for the purpose. Congratulating the Deoghar district administration for elaborate arrangemnts made for the fair, he said that good work durin the period of of one month will redefine the image of the town.
Das said that the Center and State government are working in the direction to develop Deoghar as an international level tourist center. A Queue Complex is being constructed at the cost of Rs 40 crores. The launch of Prasad Yojna will be soon. The Central Government has given its approval for construction of Ravindra Bhawan in Deoghar. Food Craft Industries plans are ready to work in the field of hotel management. Tourist places located near Deoghar will be developed. All these works will strengthen the State and the economy of the country. This will create direct and indirect employment. The fair is providing employment to people from the past. After the construction of the AIIMS and the airport, a new image of Deoghar will emerge.
Tourism Minister Amar Kumar Bauri said that after the formation of the Shrine Board, the arrangement of Deoghar on the world panel is being discussed. The government is taking full care of the facilities of devotees. With the principle of cleanliness and humility, the government is engaged in providing excellence to the fair.
Later in the day, the CM also inaugurated Shravani Mela at Vasukinath Dham, Dumka and said that it is the blessing of Lord Shiva that Jharkhand is developing for the last four and a half years. Prasad scheme worth Rs 20 crore will be given to Dumka. It is proposed to the Central Government. The beautification of Shivanganga has been initiated. Tarpith-Mayurakshi-Vasukinathdham-Deoghar will be developed as a tourist circuit for the purpose of developing tourism.
The CM said that everyone should work in the direction to maintain cleanliness in Dumka and Deoghar. Shopkeepers at Vasukinatdham should also contribute in keeping the Mela area clean, otherwise the provision of penalties will be imposed on them.
Prior to this, the Chief Minister gave benefit of several schemes to people including Smart Phone to farmers, Goat Rearing under JSLPS, Ujjwala Scheme, Prime Minister Awas Yojna, Birsa Awas Yojna, Pump Set distribution, Chief Minister Sukanya Yojna, Chief Minister Kanyadan Yojna, Shram Maan Dhan Yojna, and Appointment letter distribution under Skill Development. The CM inaugurated and laid foundation of more than Rs 40.56 crore and distributed loans and assets to beneficiaries worth Rs 244.37.
Minister of Women, Child Development and Social Welfare Louis Marandi, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperative Randhir Kumar Singh, Minister Tourism Amar Kumar Bauri, Minister Labour, Training and Planning Raj Palivar, Devghar MLA Narayan Das, Tourism Secretary Rahul Sharma, Divisional Commissioner Vimal Kumar, Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajkumar Lakra, Deputy Commissioner Deoghar Rahul Kumar Sinha, SP Deoghar Narendra Kumar and a large number people were present on the occasion.