The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday decided to change the name of Mughalsarai railway station after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, reported PTI. The Cabinet cleared a number of proposals on Tuesday including the one to rename Mughalsarai railway station after the RSS ideologue. The decision was taken at a meeting in Lucknow chaired by chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Apart from this, the Cabinet also decided that a separate logo will be created in the name of Upadhyay, which will be used by departments as well as ministers in their letterheads.
While briefing the media after the meeting, UP spokesman and minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that after the cabinet nod, a proposal will be sent to the Union Ministry of Railways soon. Mughalsaria is one of the busiest stations of the Eastern Railway and the decision to rename came as one of the initiatives to mark the birth centenary celebrations of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay. Earlier in April, the Yogi Adityanath government had decided to name the Agra airport after him.
The information department is also set to organise a mega event at Upadhyay’s birthplace Nagla Chandrabhan village in Mathura which is being developed as a major tourist attraction, according to a report by The Indian Express. Apart from this, the department will also ensure that a three-day “mela” and exhibitions are organised in every district and development block, where cultural events, puppet shows etc will be showcased.
In order to make sure that all these events are held properly, a committee would be formed under respective district magistrates. Both secondary and higher education departments would hold competitions to mark the year along with organising seminars, poster competitions and debates. A special plantation drive will be held by the forest department till September 24 in Upadhyay’s name as well. Meanwhile, the Cabinet also proposed to a undertake rural electrification drive costing up to Rs 6,946.40 crore under the ‘Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Scheme’. Under the scheme, 40 lakh BPL families will be given free LED bulbs.