Shiv Pratap Shukla appeals for public cooperation on issues of social concern

A special screening of the 100th edition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program was organized at Raj Bhavan today. It was organized through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Prasar Bharati. Governor, Shiv Pratap Shukla was present as the chief guest on the occasion. Padma Shri awardees Vidyanand Saraik and Nek Ram Sharma, winners of various awards at the national level and persons from the State who were mentioned by the Prime Minister in the program ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in different episodes were also present on the occasion.

After the 100th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program, the Governor in his address said that it was a program of social dialogue with the objective to create such a social asset, which could result in a positive change in society. This program aims to project the people with inspirational work in society as social heroes so that others get inspired by them, he added. He said that there were several topics in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ which were directly related to public concerns.

On the occasion, the Governor mentioned the talent of the persons related to the State, who were mentioned by the Prime Minister in the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program and said that while they have become an inspiration for the countrymen, it was also a matter of pride for the State. These include Solan-based ‘Manav Bharti’ Sanstha and its associates including Urmila Baldi, Sanjana and Vipul Goyal, teacher Ashish Behl hailed from Bhatiyat assembly constituency of Chamba, primary teacher Ram Kumar Joshi from Bhatoli village of Una district, Jagdish Chand from Hamirpur etc.

The Governor spoke about drug de-addiction, Pradhan Mantri T.B. Mukt Bharat Abhiyan, natural farming and millet cultivation and appealed to the people to contribute towards these issues. He said that these subjects were related to public concern in which every person needs to cooperate.

On this occasion, a ‘Discussion Session’ was also organized in which D.K. Chaudhary, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Crime) and Dr. Nidhi, a drug addiction specialist from Indira Gandhi Medical College Shimla gave a presentation on drug abuse. Dr. Gopal Beri, Director, Health Services gave a presentation on Tuberculosis eradication, Raghubir Singh, Joint Director, Agriculture Department detailed about Millets and Mahendra Bhawani, Deputy Director, Agriculture gave a presentation on Natural Farming. On the occasion, Padma Shri Nek Ram Sharma also expressed his views.

Earlier, Gurvinder Singh, Deputy Director General Akashwani and Doordarshan welcomed the Governor. Poonam Singh, Program Head, All India Radio welcomed Lady Governor Janaki Shukla.

Rajesh Sharma, Secretary to the Governor, senior officers of the State government, officers from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Prasar Bharti, Government of India, national award winners and those people from Himachal who were mentioned in different editions of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program, social influencer and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

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