Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot virtually addresses a function on Word Leprosy Day from Jaipur on January 30, 2022. (Photo/Rajasthan Govt)
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on January 30, 2022, said that a person can fulfil the purpose of his life by helping others with the spirit of service.
Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi with this thinking served the leprosy patients and made efforts to bring them into the mainstream of society, Gehlot said
He was addressing a programme organised by Sarthak Manav Kushth Ashram on World Leprosy Day through a video conference from his official residence.
He said that when no one accepted leprosy patients, at that time Mahatma Gandhi embraced them and never hesitated to serve them.
“This helped in reducing the hatred towards this disease and leprosy patients in various sections of the society. The need of the hour is to create self-confidence and to make leprosy patients aware of the treatment.”
The Chief Minister said that World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January month and its a co-incidence that this year it is being observed along with Martyrs’ Day.
On this day, we have to take a pledge to serve the leprosy patients and this will be a real tribute to Bapu, Gehlot said.
He said that the National Leprosy Control Programme (NLCP) was started at the time of the country’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1955. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1983 started the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP).
“It has been the result of these efforts that today the country is on the verge of becoming leprosy free and there is a reduction in the number of new leprosy patients.”
Gehlot said that Sarthak Manav Kushth Ashram is serving the leprosy patients with dedication and announced to sanction Rs. 5 lakh from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the Ashram.
Besides this, he invited suggestions for the welfare of leprosy patients residing in 16 Kushth Ashrams in various parts of the State.
He said that the State Government will examine the suggestions and will take steps to help the people living in kushth (leprosy) ashrams.
He appealed to the voluntary organisations and people of the society to help leprosy patients.
Jamwa Ramgarh MLA Gopal Meena, who was presiding over the function, informed about the free training in various trades are being imparted to the people who are free from leprosy and disabled people in various professions at Ramgarh Rehabilitation Centre set up by Sarthak Manav Kushth Ashram.
Sarthak Manav Kushth Ashram advisor Shri Amitabh Kaushik and Sanstha president Shri Suresh Kaul informed about the works being done by the Sanstha for the leprosy patients.
Directorate of Gandhi Peace and Non-Violence Director Manish Sharma, Secretary Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Samit Sharma, Secretary Disabilities Gajanand Sharma and other officers were present on this occasion. (Press Release)