Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday joined the nation in paying tribute to the martyrs of the freedom struggle on the 71st anniversary of the launch of the Quit India movement.
Mahatma Gandhi had launched the Quit India Movement from the August Kranti Maidan, here on this day in 1942, to force the British out of the country.
The Chief Minister laid wreath at the martyr`s memorial in the Maidan, earlier known as Gowalia Tank, in south Mumbai. Freedom fighters and leaders of political parties were among those present.
Chavan announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojna health scheme, now in eight districts in Maharashtra, will soon be extended to cover all districts in the state.
Hospitals - both private and public - from across the state have carried out over 80,000 medical procedures under the ambitious scheme, which was launched a year ago, Chavan said.
The aim of the ambitious scheme is to improve medical access facilities for both Below Poverty Line and Above Poverty Line families.
Recalling the Quit India call given by Gandhiji, Chavan said, now the time has come to give a "Quit India" call for atrocities on women, casteism, female foeticides, terrorism and violence.