Sep 1, 2011

Chief Minister Declares Rs. Two Crores for Jain Chair

Pritviraj Chavan, Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra yesterday declared help of Rs. 2 Crores for Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Chair of Shivaji University. He declared it in a function of Acharya Shantisagar’s 56th death anniversary held at Kumbhoj near Bahubali in Southern Maharashtra.

It is very important announcement by the Chief Minister as the chair is in need of funds. This will help the chair to work properly. The chair wants to launch many research projects especially related to the history of Jainism in this region.

The Chief Minister also declared Rs 50 Lakhs for the memorial of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil, a great educationalist of 20th century.

The Chief Minister appreciated the Jain way of life based on Non violence, Tolerance and Self Control and assured that he personally will try to get national minority status for Jain community.

Arun Gujarathi, Ex Speaker of Maharashtra said in his speech that our nation needs to apply Jain philosophy as it teaches to develop humanitarian values and come together irrespective of differences.

A huge crowd of Jains and non Jains from Sangli, Kolhapur and Belgaum districts was gathered here. Other dignitaries who specially attended the function includ Kallappa Anna Awade (Ex M.P.), Raju Shetty (M.P., leader of farmers), Hon. Jayant Patil (Minister of Rural Development, Maharashtra), Hon. Patangrao Kadam (Forest Minister), Hon. Prakash Awade (Ex Minister), Hon. Sujit Minachekar (MLA) and many others.

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