With reference to the 'seven resolves' of his government, Nitish Kumar said the state government has already fulfilled one resolve–providing 35 per cent reservation to women in government jobs.

The government has also initiated work for providing tap water and electricity to all households and constructing toilets, he said."By February 2017, we will provide facility of free wi-fi in all college campuses," he said.

Kumar said his government's decision to ban liquor trade and consumption is bringing about a social change in the state. "Liquor ban has helped to change environment in villages. It is a beginning of a social change and reform." He sought help of all sections to enforce liquor ban in Bihar as a model for the country.

He further added that the state had developed in the last one decade in all sectors, including education, health and agriculture. Bihar's economy has improved in recent years as reflected in its high growth rate and development, he said.

On the other hand, Mamata Banerjee unfurled the tricolour at Indira Gandhi Sarani and inspected guard of honour while members of the city and state police and NCC cadets took out a parade. The event also saw colourful performances by folk dance troupes who came from various parts of the state.

Governor KN Tripathi paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Barrackpore. He also spun the charkha. The national flag was also unfurled across the districts of West Bengal and elsewhere in Kolkata while cultural programmes were held in schools, colleges, and residential localities.

Elaborate security arrangements, including check-posts at strategic locations were made in and around Kolkata for the day.



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