On the occasion of birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan, Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah on 11 October unveiled his statue and addressed a public meeting at Sitab Diara, at his birthplace in Bihar. Several dignitaries including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Shri Ashwin Choubey and Shri Nityanand Rai were also present on the occasion.
In his address, Shri Amit Shah said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had vowed to install a life-size statue of Shri Jaiprakash Narayan by bringing a proposal in the Cabinet and today that vow has been fulfilled on Shri Jayaprakash’s 121st Birth Anniversary. Shri Shah said that Shri Jayaprakash Narayan’s life was full of many specialties, Shri Jaiprakash not only fought for freedom from the path of movement but he also adopted the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi. After Independence, when the time came to take power, Shri Jayaprakash joined the Sarvodaya Movement like a sanyasi along with Vinoba Bhave. Shri Jayaprakash Narayan devoted his entire life to the landless, poor, downtrodden and backward people. The Union Home Minister said that Shri Jayaprakash gave many new proposals to realize the ideology of socialism, Sarvodaya and the creation of a casteless society. But his biggest contribution to the country was the movement in the 1970s against corruption and the Emergency imposed by a corrupt government.
Shri Amit Shah said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is doing an unprecedented work for welfare of poor by combining the principle of ‘Sarvodaya’ of Shri Jayaprakash Narayan and Shri Vinoba Bhave with Antyodaya. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has provided health insurance of more than Rs. 5 lakh to 60 crore needy persons, gas and toilets to every poor person’s home, free ration to every poor person for two and a half years, electricity in every house and connected every village by building roads.
The Union Home Minister said by taking inspiration from Shri JP’s ideas, the coming generation could give a new impetus to the development of the country, for this purpose, Shri Narendra Modi also decided to build a research centre along with the memorial here. Shri Amit Shah said that Shri Jaiprakash has made a huge contribution through his work in cooperative, village upliftment and Sarvodaya and today on his birth anniversary the Nation is remembering him.