To mark the ‘golden anniversary’ of Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Saturday unveiled the logo for its swarna jayanti celebrations at an event in Gurgaon. The state is on the verge of completing 50 years of its existence — it was carved out of Punjab on November 1, 1966 — and the government is planning a series of events to celebrate the occasion.
The logo, a “visual symbol” that represents the celebrations, consists of a white conch, set against a golden background, with an embossed image of Krishna, an arrow pointing to the right, and the number 50 encompassing the map of the state. A booklet released by the state government explained that the “collage of images capture the essence of Haryana society, culture and ethos and symbolise the spirit of celebration on the occasion of the swarna jayanti celebrations”.
It has been conceptualised by Khattar, developed by Rajesh Khullar, principal secretary to the Chief Minister, and designed by Sunil Kumar, a graphic designer from the department of sports and youth affairs. “This logo shall represent the festivities and shall connect everyone to the swarna jayanti celebrations,” said Khattar.
Describing the logo, the Chief Minister said, “Haryana is considered the land of Krishna, the land of Kurukshetra…Every state has a special feature which should be projected, and we have projected something about Haryana’s special feature.”
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“The state’s golden anniversary is an occasion for us to introspect and decide what the picture of the state’s future will be, to consider our progress in the past and our role in the future,” he added.
The tagline of the swarna jayanti celebration — ‘Badalta Haryana-Bhadta Haryana’ (Transforming Haryana-Progressing Haryana) — was also announced at the event. Events to mark the 50th year of the state will be held between November 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017. They will begin with a “mega function” in Gurgaon which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“A committee of 140 members has been constituted to organise the events for the celebration of the state’s 50th anniversary,” said Khattar. The CM also said the Haryana government is focused on ensuring that every district has a medical college, each person has an Aadhar card, and every agricultural field has sufficient water for irrigation.