Statue of Sir Chhotu Ram Unveiled, Foundation Stone of Rail Coach Refurbishing at Karkhana (Download PDF)

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PM has unveiled 64-foot-tall statue of peasant leader Sir Chhotu Ram at his native village Sampla in Rohtak dist. of Haryana. Statue is sculpted by renowned sculptor & Padma Bhushan-recipient Ram Vanji Sutar. Also foundation stone of rail coach refurbishing factory was laid at Karkhana

Image of Sampla and Sonipat map

Image of Sampla and Sonipat Map

Image of Sampla and Sonipat map

Around 5,500 farmers from Haryana had donated iron metal, ranging from 1/2 to 2 kgs for construction of statue.

About Sir Chhotu Ram

  • Sir Chhotu Ram’s real name was Ram Richpal.

  • He was born on 24th Nov. , 1881 in Garhi-Sampla, Rohtak in then Punjab, British India (now in Haryana)

  • He died on 9th Jan. 1945 (aged 63) in Lahore, then Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan).

  • He is regarded as messiah of peasants & was instrumental in empowering farmers in pre-Independence era & getting pro-farmers law enacted. He had fought for farmers’ rights during British rule.

  • He was ideologue of peasants of pre-Independent India & championed interest & cause of oppressed peasants of Indian Sub-continent. For this feat, he was knighted (given title of Sir) in 1937.

  • He was co-founder of National Unionist Party (Zamindara League) which ruled United Panjab Province in pre Independent India & kept Congress & Muslim League away from power.

  • He was popularly known as Deen Bandhu (in Urdu as Rahbare Azam, which translates as messiah of poor).

Foundation Stone of Rail Coach Refurbishing Karkhana

PM laid foundation stone of rail coach refurbishing factory at Sonepat in Haryana. He inaugurated Rail Coach Refurbishing Karkhana on his visit to Haryana.

  • Rail project provide repair & maintenance facility for train coaches of Indian Railways.

  • Rail Coach Refurbishing Factory will be set up at cost of Rs. 500 cr. at Barhi in Sonipat dist.

  • Factory would be designed to refurbish at least 500 - 700 rail coaches every year.

Factory Helps Haryana

  • Haryana will witness periodical overhaul (POH) & refurbishment of around 250 railway coaches per year.

  • Rail coach factory will be equipped w/modern machinery & plant, which will have environment-friendly measures.

  • Coach factory will generate jobs for people of Haryana.

Industrial Development

  • Availability of passenger coaches will increase & people will get benefit of comfortable coaches.

  • Small industries will be able to supply seat covers, fans, electrical fittings, etc.

  • Factory will help engineers & technicians in developing local expertise.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 17, 2019

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