16 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today clarified that its booklet describing Mahatma Gandhi's death as an accident was unintentional.
"I would like to tell the august House that the government had no intention to present children with wrong information or create confusion or alter the sequence of events. It was unintentional," stated School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Das in the Odisha Assembly today.
The Minister told the House that the said booklet has been withdrawn.
He added that the concerned employee responsible for the incident has been dismissed and explanation has been sought from two officials.
Das further told the House that the withdrawn booklet will be reprinted with necessary correction and would be distributed among students within a month.
A two-page booklet "Aama Bapuji: Eka Jhalaka" (Our Bapuji: A Glimpse) prepared by School and Mass Education department said Mahatma Gandhi died due to accidental reasons on January 30, 1948.
The brochure was published on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi said he died due to accidental reasons in a sudden sequence of events on January 30, 1948, at Delhi's Birla House.
The issue which had found a place in the local, national and international media was also raised in the Odisha Assembly yesterday.
Both Congress and ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members had condemned the matter in the State Assembly yesterday.
Following the discussion, Speaker Surya Narayan Patro had directed the government to give a reply on Saturday.
The State government has also ordered a probe into the incident.