Bhopal Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday reviewed preparations of three ambitious campaigns – Anand Utsav, ‘Namami Devi Narmade’ Narmada Seva Yatra and Nagaroday campaign – discussing with district collectors and public representatives at Mantralaya in a video conference. He said that administration and public representatives should work together as a team for betterment of state and public. Anand Utsav will be organised between forthcoming January 14 and 21 across the state. Sports and cultural programmes will be held at gram panchayat level. ‘Namami Devi Narmade’ Narmada Seva Yatra will be taken out between December 11 to May 5. Intensive public campaign will be run to make Narmada river, the lifeline of madhya Pradesh, pollution-free and its protection.

Nagaroday campaign will be launched in three phases between December 25 and February 5. Starting of developmental works in urban areas, providing benefits to eligible beneficiaries under different beneficiary oriented schemes and public problems will be redressed in the campaign. Forests Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar, Chief Secretary BP Singh and vice presidents of Jan Abhiyan Parishad Pradip Pandey and Raghvendra Gautam were present on the occasion.

Chouhan said that formation of Happiness Department is a unique initiative of the state government. Every person wants to be happy. Happiness Department will be developed as a platform which will make endeavour to enhance persons’ happiness and joy. All sections and public representatives should be involved in programmes to be held even at panchayat level under Anand Utsav. It was informed that State Happiness Institute has been constituted. One officer from each district has been made nodal officer of the Happiness Department. Most of the works of the department will be carried out through volunteers.

All nodal officers will get registered as ‘Anandak’. They will take of the work of the department with their regular job. Sports and cultural programmes will be held at Gram Panchayat level under Anand Utsav. People of all sections and ages will participate in them. Public participation will be encouraged in the arrangements of the programmes. Programmes can also be organised in urban areas at local level in districts.