Rohtak, Oct 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday unveiled the statue of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram and laid the foundation stone of the Rail Coach Repair Factory in Haryana.
The 64-foot statue of Sir Chhotu Ram, noted leader of the pre-independence era, has been put up in Sampla town of Rohtak, around 65 km from the national capital.
Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, attended the function.
Union Minister for Steel Birender Singh, who is also a Jat leader from Haryana and grandson of Sir Chhotu Ram, also made his presence.
Addressing a gathering, PM Modi said that the peasant leader was the first to fight for securing minimum support price (MSP) for crops during the British rule.
He further stated that it was due to the vision of Sir Chhotu Ram, who initiated the Bhakra Dam hydroelectric project in the 1940s, that farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan benefitted for many years.
Following the function, PM Modi paid a visit to a museum dedicated to Chhotu Ram. It houses items and collection of images related to the peasant leader.
Later in a day, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Rail Coach Repair Factory today in Sonipat.