New Delhi, April 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Champaran district of Bihar and join the centenary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha on Tuesday. The Prime Minister has dubbed the occasion as a celebration of his Clean India mission, calling terming the ‘Satyagrah se Swachhagrah’ campaign. He will address at least 20,000 Swachhagrahis (Foot soldiers and motivators to implement the Community Approaches to Sanitation at the village level) in Motihari and also felicitate ten of them who have performed outstandingly in their villages.
Apart from that, the other key point of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bihar visit will be the flagging off of India’s first 12000 HP Freight Electric Locomotive and bi-weekly Champaran Humsafar Express, connecting Katihar to New Delhi.. The high-speed locomotive train is the first big Make-in-India project completed by Alstom of France. (Narendra Modi in Bihar LIVE News And Updates)
He will also unveil several development projects on this occasion like inauguration of Motijheel Project, Bettiah Nagar Parishad water supply scheme under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), four sewerage projects aimed at creating a sewage-treatment capacity of 60 million litres daily for Patna,under Namami Gange, doubling of Railway lines between Muzaffarpur and Sagauli, and Sagauli and Valmikinagar with many more other projects.
About Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha movement:
To fight for the rights of farmers who were forced to undertake indigo cultivation, Mahatma Gandhi had launched the Champaran Satyagrah against the Britishers over a century ago, on April 10, 1917. ‘The Champaran tenant’, informed Gandhi, ‘was bound by law to plant three out of every twenty parts of his land with indigo for his landlord’. This system was called Tinkathia.
Gandhi’s plan was to carry out an extensive inquiry in the district and demand action based on its findings. The local authorities did not find Gandhi’s visit welcoming and they unsuccessfully tried to dissuade him from undertaking his inquiry. But Gandhi began his work from the house of Babu Gorakh Prasad in Motihari, headquarters of the district.
During this time, Gandhi was served with a court summon while he was making a spot visit to a village on an elephant back. Gandhi was charged with violating Section 144 of CrPC but he refused to leave Champaran.