Thane, May 2 UNI | 3 months ago

Maharashtra Chief Minister Pritviraj Chavan today underlined the dire need for protecting the freedom got by the country and respect the same all through. He was addressing a meeting to pay tributes to the Great freedom fighter of the Adivasi Community Raghoji Ramji Bhangre, on his 166th memorial day. Mr. Chavan said that Maharashtra was the only state which provided separate funds for the Tribals and Dalits.

We should aim at uplifting the tribals and giving them opportunities in the various fields like Administration, and other professions like, doctors, engineers, advocates, professors etc, he stressed. It was on the same day 166 years back, the freedom fighter who gave tough fight to the Britishers was hanged the second time and left to die in the Thane Central Jail. Following the decision of the Britishers Bhangre was first hanged in the last week of April due to his heavy weight the noose broke and the hanging was put off to a later date and finally he was hanged to death on May 2.

Befitting the occasion the main square in the city located near the Thane District court, Collectorate, Circuit House and police Headquarters was named after the great freedom fighter, today at the hands of the Chief Minister. Also present along with the Chief Minister was the Tribal Development Minister Madhukar Pichad who had taken initiative for the memorial and naming the square after the freedom fighter. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, Minister of state for Tribal Development Rajendra Gavit, Deputy Chairman of the Council Vasant Davkhare, his counter part in the assembly Vasant Purke and Thane city mayor H S Patil were among those attended the programme. In his speech Mr. Pichad said that the Tribal Developement Department was in the process of setting up a memorial at the cost of Rs. 25 lakhs in the birth place of Bhangre.

On this occasion seven social workers who had done excellent work in the field of tribal development were felicitated at the hands of the Chief Minister and of them two were honoured postomusly.

Later talking to newsmen, Mr Chavan said that this season the state government would provide more fodder to the needy region and ensure there is no shortage of drinking water and the review of the same was on and surely the provisions will be much more than last year he assured.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)