Patna : To mark the 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagrah by Mahatma Gandhi, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday started his Nischaya (resolve) yatra from Narkatiyaganj in West Champaran.
He will meet the villagers every day at Chetna Sabha to seek their views on prohibition. It is pertinent to note that the relevant law has been declared ultra vires by Patna High Court. Bihar government has challenged the High Court order in Supreme Court where hearing will take place on December 14.
On Wednesday, Nitish visited Purtiya Tola under Nautan block of West Chamapran district and spoke to the villagers about the impact of prohibition and sought their suggestions on amendments. He inquired about the condition of the village-road communications, electricity, school facilities, drainage, metalled lanes, and educational loans to the students seeking higher education. He directed the DM of West Champaran to ensure the problems of the villagers were attended immediately.
Narkatiyaganj is close to Nepal from where cross-border smuggling of liquor takes place in big scale.
Nitish also visited Motihari, where Mahatma Gandhi had set up an ‘ashram’ to fight for the indigo planters who fought against the Britishers. Mahatama Gandhi was arrested and sent to jail for leading the Champaran Satyagrah in 1917.
Nitish will cover all the 38 districts of the state during his Yatra which is 9th in the series of his Yatras starting in 2005 which was called Nyay (justice)yatra followed by Vikash, Dhanyabad , Prawas, Vishwash, Sewa, Adhikar, Samkalp, Sampark and now Nishchay yatra.
During one of his yatras-Prawas, he used to stay in the cottages in the villages along with his cabinet colleagues and officers. He even held cabinet meetings in villages during Prawas Yatra.