Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday announced free education for Scheduled Caste students in government colleges including, engineering and medical institutions.
He announced the decision at a function in Maihar town on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sant Ravidas.
He visited Maihar to thank the voters of the constituency who gave the BJP candidate Narayan Tripathi a convincing victory by a margin of over 28,000 votes earlier this month.
A Congress bastion, it was wrested by BJP by fielding Tripathi who had earlier won from the seat on Congress ticket in 2013 Assembly polls.
Later he joined BJP and resigned from the Assembly, to be reelected on BJP ticket.
Chouhan on this occasion also said that 'Mahakumbh' would be organized on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti at Maihar every year.
Ravidas's birthplace Varanasi will be linked with the Mukhya Mantri Teerth Darshan Yojna (Chief Minister's Pilgrimage Scheme) so that people can visit the place free of cost, he said.