NASHIK/MUMBAI: The state has a long tradition of saints. Saints have taught the whole world how to live life through abhangs, shlokas, ovis. Saints like Sant Gadge Baba, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj have taught us the importance of cleanliness. If the teachings of saints are followed, our Maharashtra will be at the forefront in cleanliness and free from Corona, said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray yesterday.
Under the Sant Gadge Baba Gram Swachhta Abhiyan, the winners of the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Swachh Gram 2017-18 state level competition were awarded yesterday in the presence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The ceremony was held online. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar presented the award to Avankhed gram panchayat in Nashik.
Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Gulabrao Patil, while Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal were present online from Nashik.
Under Sant Gadge Baba Gram Swachhta Abhiyan, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Swachh Gram Competition 2017-18, Avankhed (taluka Dindori, Nashik) gram panchayat topped in the state and won first prize of Rs 25 lakh. Loni Budruk (Rahata, Ahmednagar) gram panchayat bagged second prize of Rs 20 lakh, while Kushewada (Vengurla, Sindhudurg) gram panchayat was awarded the third prize of Rs 15 lakh.
Response to live streaming
There is a lot of curiosity and discussion about these awards in every village. As a result, the event was telecast live on various social media. It received good response. More than 20,000 people watched the ceremony live.