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Religious places to serve as welfare centres

Mathura, Oct 6 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today advocated development of religious places as welfare centres and pointed out that cleanliness was the first and important factor for nations that had achieved great heights of physical development.

Inaugurating the Mansi Dhyan Kendra at Nikunjvan Panighat here, the CM said the kind of atmosphere created at Nikunjvan Ashram will be the beacon for setting up of Braj Vikas Parishad in Mathura, Vrindavan, Goverdhan, Barsana, Nandgaon Gokul and Baldev.

He added that he was in favour of developing such places as pilgrim centres and ashrams would play an important role in projecting pilgrim centres.

While Mathura is known as the birthplace and playground of Lord Krishna, it is also identified with Yamuna and that identification should be maintained, he said.

Mr Adityanath said while he would soon issue orders for release of more water from Hathni Kund into the Yamuna, measures will also be taken on a large scale to plug the flow of sewage into the river.

He expressed the opinion that to allow unhindered flow of the river, tree plantation will be carried out extensively and trees that have medicinal properties would be planted.

Talking of cow protection, the CM stressed that in order to maintain the usefulness of cows it was necessary to provide enough land for grazing and promotion of cow urine ought to be promoted for its medicinal benefits.

He said that if there were temples in each village and town and priests went around propagating awareness, no one can stop the development of India as a great nation.

While stating that nearly 1.2 million priests and religious figures were engaged in promoting moral values, the chief minister pointed out that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was playing an important role in boosting and encouraging moral values among people.

Reacting to complaints from some religious figures that in the name of development in the Doob area of Mathura district houses were being demolished, Adityanath said efforts will be made to resolve the issue by engaging with the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Efforts would also be made to compensate those whose houses had been demolished, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said if your will and determination are strong the blessings from Mansi Dhyan Kendra will continue uninterrupted. The meditation centre is important not only spiritually but also from physical point of view.

He expressed the view that instead of worrying about the past and the future, people should think about the present. “If we adopt this kind of attitude India would certainly shine better,” he added.

Also speaking on the occasion, yoga guru Baba Ramdev stressed that to uplift India’s image in the eyes of the world, it was not only the duty of the government alone but also people’s responsibility to contribute in the efforts.