By Dheeraj Kumar
Patna: As Chief Minister Nitish Kumar pushes ahead the agenda of his social reforms, more than 4 crore people joined hands across Bihar today to create a human chain for public awareness against dowry and child marriage.
As the Sun shone in almost full brightness after a long spell of foggy days in the state capital, a large number of dignitaries and common people also comprising hundreds of school students joined hands to create human chain at the historic Gandhi Maidan the moment clock ticked 12 noon.
Kumar with a wide beaming smile on his face said, “Weather turned friendly on day of human chain creation, which only helped enhance enthusiasm among the people for the event”.
About 14,000 km long human chain created across the state was yet another occasion for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to project himself a politician with a difference, who is concerned about social issues also.
The leaders released balloons printed with slogans supporting the drive against the social evils at the beginning of the programme, lasting for 30 minutes.
Vehicles engaged for essential services, medical vehicles and ambulances besides vehicles used by administrative machineries were allowed to move on roads approved for creation of Human Chain.
A large number of monks including those from foreign countries also stepped out from the monasteries of various Buddhist countries at Bodh Gaya and joined hands to create awareness against social evils like dowry and child marriage.
Kumar said that development and social reforms programmes would be executed simultaneously in the state with full conviction and zest.
“Development would have no meaning if social evils like dowry and child marriage continue to exist,” he remarked.
A large number of people comprising women too carried huge banners and placards with the message against dowry and child marriage.