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     Raipur, November 1, 2009: Chhattisgarh Governor ESL Narasimhan today called for eradicating backwardness of the state.

     After inaugurating the Ninth Foundation Day function of Chhattisgarh at Raipur this late evening, the Governor also honoured eminent people from various walks of life, but Bilaspur Collector Sonmani Borah was missing from the list as his name was deleted by the Government earlier in the day.

     Chhattisgarh can be made one of the most prosperous states if the backwardness, illiteracy, poverty and lack of road communication are eradicated, said Narasimhan.

     Stating that education provides a solid base to development, he said to achieve higher growth rate, development of the human resources are most essential for the state.

     Narasimhan also underlined the importance of food security in the state and called for giving its benefit to the actual beneficiaries.

     Touching one of the problems, he said ever increasing pollution was a major problem here. Earning of wealth has no meaning if there were pollution, he told the industrialists.

     Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, recalling the contribution of the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani in creation of Chhattisgarh on November 1, 2000, said all have to work united to make it a most prosperous state in the country.

     The youth and rich resources of the state would make Chhattisgarh one of the developed provinces of the country, he said.

      Violence carried out by naxalites and terrorists have no place in Chhattisgarh, Singh said adding pace has to be given to developmental works.

     Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey called for integrated approach for over development of the state.

     Culture and Tourism Minister Brij Mohan Agrawal said in recent years several steps have been taken by the government to re-build Chhattisgarh and to eradicate its poverty.

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