Report by Badal Tah; Rayagada: A rath carrying the books, leaflets, banners on principles of truth & non-violence propagated by Kasturba-Gandhi-Vinoba fondly called as Ba-Bapu-Baba was jointly flagged off by octogenarian Gandhian Smt Shanti Devi, a Jamunalal Bajaj Award winner, Sri Pramoda Kumar Behera, District Collector & Dr.Sarvana Vivek M, SP, Rayagada on the eve of 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in the presence of Sarvodayee leaders namely Sri Jayaram Jena, Sri Bijaya Baboo, Smt Pramila Swain, Sushree Rajeswari Dalai, Smt Bidulata Huika, Dr.Gouranga Raut, Sri Basudeb Patra, Sri Badal Tah, Ex-Municipality Vice-Chairman Dr Niranjan Buxipatro, educationist Sri Gobinda Rath & Sri Rajesh Padhi. Govt functionaries like Municipality Executive Officer Sri Sachidananda Satpathy, DIPRO Sri Basanta Pradhan, DEO Sri Purna Chandra Bariha and corporate leaders namely Mrs Lopamudra Priyadarshini, Sri Sukanta Mohapatra, Sri Sameer Mohanty from UAIL, Sri Sakti Panigrahi from IMFA & Sri S K Nath from J K Papers Ltd participated in opening ceremony of a book on Gandhi and leaflets.
Rath first rolled into the campus of GCD High School where the teachers and the students gave a warm welcome to the yatris and dignitaries like Shanti Devi, Collector, SP and corporate leaders spoke on Gandhian values of truth, non-violence, cleanliness and women empowerment. Then the yatris went to address the lecturers and students of Autonomous College and Women’s college of Rayagada.
This yatra, which is jointly organised by Zilla Sarvodaya Mandal & district administration as a part of state’s endeavour on Gandhi-150+, will move to fifty schools and colleges of different blocks of the district, continue for fourteen days culminating on October 2 Gandhi Jayanti at district headquarters. The students are encouraged to write essays on Gandhiji-Kasturba-Vioba by using digital media like google, internet browsing, social media like facebook, instagram and twitter. “Chat with Gandhi and apply at least one Gandhian principle into one’s life”, students were said by the yatris. “Zilla Savodaya Mandal and district administration will jointly take up several other initiative for Gandhi-150+ till October 2020”, said Sri Jayaram Jena, District President, Sarvadaya Mandal.