Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who declared the historic Kullu Dusshera conclude at Dhalpur ground today announced to hike Nazarana of Deities by six percent and declared to pay Rs one thousand each to the Gair Muafiddar whose land has gone in Tenancy Act to continue perform the daily religious chores of their respective deities. Addressing the concluding ceremony of the International Kullu Dusshera festival at Kullu today, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced to increased Nazarana by six percent to the deities given on the occasion of participation of gods and goddess of Kullu district as around 250 deities participated in Dussehra festivity.
He said that sum of rupees one thousand to be paid per month to ‘Gair Muafidaar’ whose land has gone in tenancy deities for performing daily religious chores and also to those who could not come to the Dusshera festival. He said the Dusshera festival speaks in volume of rich cultural legacy of the state worldwide and a stage for promotion of handloom and handicraft of the state along with the Lavi fair of Rampur is a traditional trade fair. He said the Congress government has always worked for development and welfare of people of the state.
He said he is often criticised by the BJP for opening educational institutions, but that never altered his motive of providing education available to every child at their very doorsteps. BJP was known for de-notifying educational institutes and Congress believed in spreading light of education in every nook and corner of the state. He said that the congress was known for upholding the spirit of true democracy and secularism. We consider people of all religion alike and not differentiate, unlike the BJP. We believe in joining hands and not breaking the bonds of love and fraternity. India is a secular state and Congress believes in respecting all religions and Congressmen do not have the fanatic mindset.
He also exhorted to uphold the traditions, culture and customs wherever we reside. He also released Souvenir of Dusshera committee and distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions held during the fair. Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Kullu Yunus Khan welcomed the Chief Minister and other distinguished guests present on the occasion. He detailed about the new initiatives taken during the week-long festival and thanked the Chief Minister for enhancing the Nazarana of the deities by six percent in the state level meeting of the Dusshera Committee held at Shimla last month. He thanked everyone for making the festival a grand success.