In a concerted effort, various government departments worked together in order to ensure that the 143rd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated at various centres all across the state.
The effort was made by the Gandhi Bhavan, Information Department, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Khadi Department and various others.
Providing a boost to such efforts, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who took part in a function organised by the Gandhi Bhavan in the city, announced a grant of `50 lakh to spread the message of non-violence and peace to every corner of the state.
“I will further ensure that the allocation made to such efforts will be increased in next years budget,” Shettar said.
Shettar, said that in a society with increasing violence and anti social elements, it had become very important to spread the message of non-violence.
“We must not let his (Gandhi’s) teachings remain restricted to books.
We must work towards his dream of Ramrajya.
His words on the development of rural India stand true.
India can not develop without its villages,” Shettar added.
The CM also announced that work on establishing a Gandhi Gram in Hubli would be started soon.
“Directions on the matter of building the grama have already been issued, the work will be taken up as soon as possible,” he said.
The grama will be a replica of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Earlier in the day, Shilpa Jagadish Shettar, wife of CM Jagadish Shettar, marched with students from the Mahatma Gandhi Statue near Cubbon Park to Gandhi Bhavan as part of the celebrations