“ Due to bias in caste, creed and religion, socio-economic inequality still persists in the society,” said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Speaking at the valedictory ceremony of the birth centenary celebrations of the late seer Shivaratri Rajendra Swami at Suttur, in Nanjangud taluk, on Monday, the Chief Minister recalled how he had to face difficulties as a student, due to lack of hostel facility. “Such issues can be rooted out only through quality education,” he added.
While praising the mutts, he said that religious and private institutions have contributed immensely to quality education. Shivaratri Rajendra Swami was the inspiration for him to launch the Vidyasiri scheme as the seer had established hostels to help poor students pursue education some five to six decades ago.
“The initiatives of Rajendra Swami resulted in lakhs of students getting higher education and rendering service to the society over the years. The seer started hostels much earlier for the benefit of the rural students. Most of the students who do not get admission in hostels make their own arrangements. They rent a room and cook their food. So, such students are provided Rs 1,500 per month for 10 months in an academic year. One lakh students will get the benefit in the state under Vidyasiri scheme,” he said.
The JSS Mahavidyapeeth, founded by the late seer, has kept his legacy of quality education alive,” he said. He pointed out that out of 60,000 students studying in more than 350 JSS institutions, at least 15,000 students are getting free food and accommodation.
Chief Minister’s son Dr Yathindra arrived with his father to the airport and this gains importance. Earlier, CM’s elder son Rakesh , who passed away recently, used to be with Siddaramaiah during his visits to Mysuru. Dr Yatindra spoke to the media persons and said that he will visit the constituency thrice a week and work towards the development of the society.
Ministers H S Mahadev Prasad, M B Patil, Tanveer Sait, and Rudrappa Lamani, Legislative Council Deputy Chairman Marithibbegowda, Rajya Sabha member Prabhakar B Kore, MLAs M K Somasekhar, C Jayanna and Puttarangashetty, MLC R Dharmasena and former minister P G R Sindhia were present.
A Tribute from CityToday to his Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji on his centenary birth anniversary for his yeoman service to the society at large and particularly to namma Mysuru