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States celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi; CMs greet people

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Panaji, Sep 10: The auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic across states on Friday, marking the beginning of the 10-day festival also called Vinayaka Chaturthi in many parts of the country.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that in his prayers to Lord Ganesh, he urged the deity to rid Goa and the rest of the world of Coronavirus.

Speaking to reporters after performing puja at his residence in North Goa, Sawant urged the people of the state to ensure that they take the second Covid vaccine jab.

“I wish you a lot of joy on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. I performed puja along with my family. Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at home and in public with big enthusiasm, while also observing the Covid protocols. We have to defeat this scourge too. I pray to God to rid Goa, India and the world of Corona,” Sawant said.

Ganesh Chaturthi is the most popular Hindu festival in Goa.

“We have completed 100 per cent of the first dose of vaccination. I also urge the people of Goa to take the second dose after completion of 84 days, so that we can declare Goa as a state which has completed 100 per cent coverage of both the doses,” Sawant added.

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao also greeted people on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi and appealed to them to celebrate the festival by following Covid appropriate behaviour.

“I extend heartiest festive greetings and wishes to all the people of Telangana on the auspicious occasion of Vinayaka Chaturthi,” the Governor said in her message.

“I pray and wish that Lord Ganesh, worshipped as the remover of obstacles, may clear all the hurdles in our path to unity, peace, progress and prosperity of our state and our nation,” she added.

The Governor wished that the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations bring health, prosperity, joy and happiness to all.

She also appealed to people to celebrate the festival by following the Covid appropriate behaviour.

The Chief Minister also greeted the people of the state on the occasion of Vinayaka Chaturthi, saying that Ganapathi is worshipped to ensure success in all the endeavors without any impediments, and in Hindu tradition, Vinayaka is given utmost importance as a deity who removes obstacles.

The Chief Minister also advised the people to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in an environmentally-friendly manner with utmost devotion and enthusiasm.

Rao said the state government has taken all measures to avoid inconvenience to the people during immersion at the end of the festivities.

He also prayed to the God to shower prosperity on the people of the state.

Tamil Nadu also celebrated Vinayaka Chathurthi on Friday with people across the state performing poojas of the idol of Lord Ganesh.

Special prayers were conducted at the grandly-decorated Ganesh temples by the temple priests. Many houses also wore a festive look as several people held special prayers at home too.

The aroma of ‘kozhakattai’, a rice flour and jaggery dumpling, wafted through many of the kitchen windows. After offering prayers on the occasion, neighbours and friends got together to share ‘kozhakattais’.

This time, public celebrations have been banned by the state government owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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