Mauritius PM to visit home state on February 17

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Patna, Jan 12: Mauritius Prime Minisiter Navin Chandra Ram Ghulam will arrive here on a three-day visit to Bihar on February 17, during which he will also visit his native village Harigaon in Bhojpur district, sources today said.

After completing his official engagements, Mr Ghulam will also visit his native place on February 19, the last day of his tour. Prior to Mr Ghulam's visit, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has personally supervised the arrangements for the Mauritius premier and also announced a special package for alround development of the village.

''A high school and a 12-bed hospital will be constructed in Harigaon,'' Mr Kumar announced adding that the Mohit pond, named after Mr Ghulam's ancestor, would be rejuvenated.

He also announced to hand over an ancient temple and well here to Achaeological Survey of India for study and maintenance, he added.

Later, addressing a public meeting, Mr Kumar announced renovation of road infrastructure and dwelling unit to be allotted to each family of the oppressed section under Indira Awas Yojna here.

Mr Kumar had invited Mr Ghulam during his visit to Mauritius in July last, where he was accorded grand reception by its citizens including that of Bihar origin.

The ancestors of Mr Ghulam were taken to Mauritius as 'Girmitiya Majdoor'( bonded labourers) in 1871 but they later rose to achieve the highest level in that nation. They also participated in freedom struggle and contributed immensly in breaking the shackles of clonial rule in that country.


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