Kochi, September 4: Vannakam to one of the biggest festival of Malayalis! Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the annual tourism week celebrations on the occasion of Onam festival celebrations by lighting the lamp. Onam is celebrated with utmost religious fervour across Kerala.
This time Onam kick started on 25th August while today is the last day of this festival. Speaking on the occasion, CM Vijayan said the aim of the government was to create a society of equality. Though the state was not rich in financial resources, Kerala was able to make achievements in human index developments, he said.
"That is why Kerala came into focus in the international levels. We have to move further in this regard and the state can make more progress if people stand united", he said.
The Government has initiated programmes to create a 'Nava Keralam' with an objective to make growth and progress in accordance with time, he said.
The Chief Minister used the occasion to caution the people about decrease in ground water level in the state in recent times. The scenic beauty and greenery of the state has earned the name 'God's Own country'. But, if we do not identify properly the challenge the state is facing now, there was possibility that state would lose its greenery, he said. Water resources in the state were turning barren, he said adding, this was a serious situation and people have to face this challenge unitedly. Vijayan wanted the people to take up steps unitedly to recharge wells and ponds through rain harvesting.