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Bihar’s state anthem must be sung at all government functions, says CM Nitish Kumar | Patna News

PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that singing of state’s ‘Rajya Geet’ (state anthem) must be made a mandatory practice at all functions/ events of the state government.
Addressing the 109th Bihar Diwas programme through video conferencing, he asked the officials to ensure singing of the state anthem at all functions in the future.
“Henceforth, the ‘Rajya Geet’ must be sung at all functions/ events of the state government so that a sense of respect for Bihar emerges in the mind of every people,” Nitish said adding his government had already issued instructions to all schools to ensure singing of the state anthem at the prayer meeting.
Bihar celebrates its birthday on March 22 every year. The practice of celebrating Bihar Diwas began in 2010 at the directive of the CM Nitish Kumar. The function, however, could not be organized in 2020 due to covid-19 pandemic.
The erstwhile state of Bihar & Orissa was carved out of the then Bengal Presidency on March 22, 1912 through a notification by the British government under the provisions of the Bengal, Bihar and Orissa and Assam Law Act, 1912.
Recalling the glorious past of Bihar, Nitish also said, “If we all make an attempt together, we will again achieve the glorious history of Bihar and thus, we will re-establish our identity in the country and world as well.”
Referring to the recent surge in the covid-19 cases in some states in the recent days, the CM further urged the people of Bihar to remain alert and cautious. He also asked people not to gather in large numbers at any place to celebrate Holi and maintain the norms of social distancing.
“Recently, I held a meeting with all senior officials including the DMs and the SPs where everything was discussed in detail about the covid-19 scenario. It is the time of Holi festival. The officials should request the people not to publicly celebrate the festival in the wake of covid-19,” Nitish said.
Referring to the sharp increase in the number of fresh cases of covid-19 in Maharashtra and a few other states, the CM said, “What is the situation in Maharashtra today? Eight states have reported an increase in the fresh positive cases of covid-19. —– We will be able to check the spread of the disease if Holi is not celebrated in large gatherings or at public places,” Nitish said.
He asked the officials to make people alert about the danger of fresh upsurge in the covid-19 cases in Bihar. “It is our duty to make the people aware and alert (of the situation). I will urge people of the state to remain alert and cautious,” the CM said.
Nitish also recounted the works being done by his government under the Jal-Jivan-Hariyali Abhiyan to minimize the bad impacts of climate change.
State’s both deputy CMs Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, education minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary and additional chief secretary (education) Sanjay Kumar also addressed the Bihar Diwas event. Main event held at the Gyan Bhawan here.

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