Rs 7 cr sanctioned for development of Deekshabhoomi: Moghe

Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe today said the state government has chalked out a development and beautification plan for Deekshabhoomi and has sanctioned Rs seven crore for the same.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 22:52 PM IST

Nagpur: Maharashtra Social Justice Minister
Shivajirao Moghe today said the state government has chalked
out a development and beautification plan for Deekshabhoomi
and has sanctioned Rs seven crore for the same.

Deelshabhoomi is the place where Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar
and lakhs of his followers embraced Buddhism on October 14,
1956.

Addressing the mammoth gathering of followers of Dr
Ambedkar on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of Dhamma
Chakra Pravartan Day here tonight, Moghe said he was conveying
the decisions of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in this regard.

"The Chief Minister has told that no stone will be left
unturned in developing the Deekshabhoomi which is nothing less
than a pilgrim centre for the followers of Dr Ambedkar."

Moghe said Chavan has already announced a Rs 27 crore
plan for setting up a museum where personal belongings of Dr
Ambedkar will he housed.

He said the entire money would be spent by the Social
Justice Department.

Maharashtra Dairy Development Minister Nitin Raut, Dr
Bhalchandra Mungekar, Datta Meghe, both MPs, Mayor Archana
Dehankar and Secretary of Dr Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, Sadanand
Fulzele and Dr Rajendra Gavai were present on the occasion.

Dr Ambedkar Smarak Kerala Governor R S Gavai could not
make it due to ill health. Moghe said Dr Ambedkar had given a beautiful gift to the country in the form of Constitution of India.

"When there was instability in other neighbouring
countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh which have come under
military rule, it is only India where democracy flourished,"
Moghe said.

The people, majority of them who are poor, are the real
strength of our country, he said.

Moghe said it was Congress which entrusted the
responsibility of drafting the Constitution to Dr Ambedkar.
Congress was unanimous in selecting Ambedkar, he said.

Moghe said Ambedkar opted for Buddhism since he knew
that only Buddhism can wipe out the misery of oppressed people
though he was invited by members of other castes and religions
also, he said, adding his conversion to Buddhism was the
greatest event in the history which was bloodless.

PTI