By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 31 Jan: Agriculture Minister Ganesh Joshi celebrated his birthday today as Service Day. Joshi cut the cake on his birthday with differently-abled children at the National Institute for the Empowerment of Visually Handicapped (NIVH) here today. He observed that by meeting the disabled children and sharing their happiness with them, he could experience inner peace and satisfaction. During the programme, Minister Joshi became emotional while addressing the children. The minister said that his childhood had been spent in extreme poverty and he understood the pain of the poor very well. The minister said that he had been celebrating the moments of happiness of his own life and that of his family members among the poor and weaker sections of the society. Minister Joshi said it would always be his endeavour to continue helping the poor in every possible way.
Earlier, Minister Ganesh Joshi distributed cheques worth Rs 20 lakh to 10 women of self-help groups in collaboration with HDFC Bank at the camp office. Minister Joshi said that the state government is continuously striving for the uplift of women and improving their livelihood and empowering women. Through this, women would be helped in creating self-employment and the government’s Lakhpati Didi’s resolution would be further strengthened. Joshi also distributed sweaters in 36 schools and 10 computers in four schools in the Mussoorie Assembly Constituenc under CSR of the Punjab National Bank at his camp office.
Later in the day, Joshi celebrated his birthday by cutting a cake among school children at Government Girls’ Inter College, Kaulagarh, and gifted a water cooler to the school. After this, he distributed sweaters to 600 students of Blooming Buds Public School, Garhi Cantt. On this occasion, the school announced its upgradation from Class 8 to Class 10.
Joshi also distributed blankets to poor and helpless people in Salawala. He thanked everyone for their birthday wishes and immense affection. He urged affluent people of society to come forward and help the helpless and poor people. He claimed that the workers of Bharatiya Janata Party continuously help the poor and helpless people. He said that it is always his endeavour to help the poor and helpless people as it gave inner peace and satisfaction to him.
Joshi added that the central and state governments constantly work to provide many basic facilities to the weaker sections, work for women’s uplift, farmers’ welfare, education and health. He said that the state government is ensuring that, when state would be 25 years old, it would be a leading state in most fields.
Cantt MLA Savita Kapoor, Rajpur MLA Khajan Das, BJP State General Secretary Aditya Chauhan, BJP Mahanagar General Secretary Surendra Rana, Mandal President Pradeep Rawat, Jyoti Kotia, Rakesh Rawat, former Mandal President Poonam Nautiyal, Niranjan Dobhal, Arvind Dobhal, Bhupendra Soulki and Ramesh were present during the programmes. Pradhan Rajendra Aggarwal, Deepak Pundir, Anuj Kaushal, Arvind Topwal, Balam Singh, Narendra Melwan, Jagdish Lakhera from NIVH, former Mandal President Mohan Petwal, RS Parihar, BJP District Vice President Sandhya Thapa, Babita Sahotra, Sanket Nautiyal, Vishnu Gupta, Megha Bhatt, Neetu Bisht, Manoj Kshetri, Anuj Rohila, Sikandar Singh and thousands of people were also present at several programmes during the day.