Unveiling the state of former minister late Purushottam Lal Kaushik, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday announced that the Mahasamund District Hospital will be named after him.

He was addressing as chief guest on occasion of unveiling of statue and dedication ceremony of Chandrahu Public School building at Mahasamund district.

The farmers of district handed over Rs 4.50 lakh cheque for ‘Chief Minister Relief Fund’ to provide assistance to the needy. Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Chaya Verma presided over the function.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister said, “To put state in the list of developed states, one has to save the rural culture. Government is committed to fulfill the promises made. After 18 years of state formation, for first time, government of villagers, farmers and poor has been formed.”

Listing out promises made, he said, “Paddy is procured at rate of Rs 2500 per quintal and farmers’ loan of Rs 6100 crore has been waived off while efforts of liquor prohibition will be made effective after holding discussion with all communities.”

On January 26, during special Gram Sabha (meeting), the Panchayat vacant plots should be earmarked for ‘Gautan’ (resting place for cattle) and grazing grounds. The dung would be utilized for generation of bio-gas. It would also generate employment to local residents.