Duties and functions

Nation honors Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas

The Nation pays homage to Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar on the occasion of his 65th Mahaparinirvan Diwas or anniversary of his death today. A number of functions are being held across the country to highlight Dr. Ambedkar’s contribution to nation building.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of Lok Sabha Om Birla, Vice President of Rajya Sabha Harivansh, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Union Ministers, MPs paid floral tributes to the Architect of the Constitution at his statue in the Parliament complex in New Delhi.

Buddhist monks recite the Dhamma Puja, and special chants dedicated to Dr Ambedkar are performed in Parliament by the Chants and Drama Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

In his Maan Ki Baat show on All India Radio last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Baba Saheb had devoted his whole life to fulfilling his duties for the country and for society.

He said that we compatriots should never forget the fundamental spirit of our Constitution, that our Constitution expects all of us to discharge our duties. Mr. Modi called on the compatriots to make a commitment that in Amrit Mahotsav we will try to fulfill our duties with full devotion and this will be our true homage to Baba Saheb.

Faced with the threat of the new variant of Covid-19 Omicron, the government of Maharashtra released specific guidelines to mark Mahaparinivan divas today when thousands of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar followers from across the country gather at Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai to pay tribute to the great leader.

The AIR correspondent reports that the state government has made it clear that people who took the two doses of the vaccine would only be allowed to enter the premises after a heat screening. Behavior appropriate to Covid, such as wearing masks, using hand sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing, will be mandatory for every visitor. Any type of public gathering near the premises will not be allowed.

The government has also banned the setting up of food or book stalls in and around the area. The government has asked all district collectors in the state to make the necessary arrangements in their respective districts to avoid large gatherings.

The railway police have also been tasked with controlling the crowds at Dadar Station in central Mumbai, where people get off to visit Chaityabhoomi. Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, so far eight people have been infected with the Omicron variant of Covid -19.