BHOPAL: State Cabinet minister Laxmikant Sharma returned with 122 pilgrims to the state capital on Tuesday after a 12- day stay in Uttarakhand to supervise the relief and rescue of pilgrims of MP, stranded in there.” I have never seen such devastation,” he said.
He has earned the praise of the chief minister and his colleagues for the hard work he did to take the pilgrims to safety. He had an 18- hour working day. From the crack of the dawn to midnight, he worked almost without a break travelling from one place to another, guiding the officials, consoling the pilgrims and solving problems. ” But I am happy and satisfied,” he said.
On the last day of his stay, he visited Badnrinath and Joshimath to ensure that no pilgrims from the state remained to be rescued. He found none but brought with him two pilgrims from West Bengal, who were still waiting to be rescued, with him to Dehradun.