Raipur: Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon on Saturday exuded confidence that with better Centre-state efforts, the state would soon get rid of the Naxalism menace which it has been fighting for past three decades.
"There are ample opportunities for tourism development in Chhattisgarh but Maoist problem is a major challenge to this sector here.
"Both Centre and state are jointly making serious efforts to wipe out this menace and I believe the state would get rid of it in the next few months thereby opening up new prospects for growth of tourism sector in Chhattisgarh," Tandon said.
He was addressing the opening ceremony of the 'Rajyotsav 2014' that kicked off today to mark the 14th anniversary of the formation of the state.
The three-day 'Chhattisgarh Rajyotsava ? 2014' was inaugurated at?Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee premises in?Naya Raipur, the upcoming capital of the state.
Lauding the efforts of Chief Minister Raman Singh for the development of the state, Tandon said, "Fourteen years are not sufficient for any state to attain a comprehensive development, but Chhattisgarh has made a tremendous development in all the sectors. The credit for it goes to CM Raman Singh and his team."
Praising the state government's works in different sectors, the Governor said Chhattisgarh is the only zero power cut state in the country. On the occasion, he conferred state honours on 19 persons and three organisations for their exemplary contributions in different fields.
In his address, Singh elaborated the achievements of the state in past 10 years and highlighted welfare schemes of his government.
The Chief Minister also administered a pledge to people to uphold the spirit of unity, work for the development of the state and environment conservation and keep their surroundings clean.
Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Cabinet ministers and senior government officials were present on the occasion.
'Parab Chhattisgarh'?is the cultural theme of the 'Rajyotsav' event which will showcase varied traditional and cultural heritage of the state during the programme. The inaugural today opened up with a traditional dance presentation comprising local artists from over 35 tribes.
The events scheduled in the next two days include cultural presentations by renowned artists from?Manipur, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Delhi and various other states.
'Parab Chhattisgarh' concludes on November 3 with a musical concert comprising over 200 artists from state playing traditional instruments.