Mr Rajkumar S Badole, Minister for Social Justice and Special Assistance in Maharashtra, visited Dr. B.R. Ambedkar House in London….reports Ragasudha Vinjamuri-Rapatwar
During his visit, Minister Badole visited Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s House on King Henry Road which the Government of Maharashtra now proposes to develop into an International Memorial. In this connection, Minister Badole held meetings with social organisations and officers of Indian High Commission in London, including Shri Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, High Commissioner, and Shri Sunil Kumar, First Secretary.
An Advisory Committee was formed which included the High Commissioner as Chairman; other committee members being Dr. Surendra Kumar Bagde, Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Special Assistance, Government of Maharashtra, Shri Sunil Kumar, First Secretary, High Commission of India, London, Ms. Santosh Dass, President, Federation of Ambedkarite & Buddhist Organisations (FABO) UK, Shri C. Gautam, Joint Secretary, FABO; Shri Jograj Ahir, President, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, London, and Shri Sukhdev Sahai Hira, Social Worker in London. The Committee was urged to accelerate the pace of work of the Memorial.
During a press meet conducted at the High Commission of India, Minister Badole has highlighted that Prime Minister Modi has declared the Memorial as one of the Panchateerthas associated with Dr B.R. Ambedkar. The development work for the Memorial includes a library and a conference room on the first floor, a mass media room including an auditorium on the second floor, developing the rear garden and planting of a Bodhi tree. Showcasing Dr Ambedkar’s original belongings is also in the pipeline. The intended time to finish the development work is by August 2017.
The Minister has also summarised his visit to London School of Economics (LSE) and his meeting with Director of South Asia Centre Dr. Mukulika Banerjee, during which a permanent Chair at LSE in reverence to Babasaheb Ambedkar was discussed. Two students from Maharashtra will be offered scholarship by the Government of Maharashtra for studying at LSE. Chief Minister of Maharashtra has declared the scholarships and the formalities for applying shall start soon.