Directorate of Field Publicity  Ahmedabad 

Gujarat at a glance
             HISTORY- Gujarat has been at the centre of ancient Indus valley civilization which existed around 2000-3000 BC. Stone Age settlements around Sabarmati and Mahi rivers indicate the same time as that of the Indus Valley Civilization while Harappan centres are found at Lothal, Rampur, Amri and other places. The State took its name from the Gujjars, who ruled the area during the 700s and 800s. During the 900s, the Solanki Dynasty came to power and Gujarat reached its greatest extent. Then followed a long period of Muslim rule. Ahmed I, the first independent Muslim ruler of Gujarat, laid the foundation of Ahmedabad in 1411. The Mughal Emperor Akbar conquered Malwa and Gujarat in 1570s. In 1600s, the Dutch, French, English and Portuguese had all established bases along the coast of the region. The British East India Company set its first footsteps in Surat in 1818 and the State came in control of their rule. Gujarat was divided into princely states. After the Indian Independence in 1947, all of Gujarat except Saurashtra and Kutchh became part of Bombay State until May 1, 1960, when the Government split Bombay state into the States of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Ahmedabad became the chief city of the new State and housed the State Government Offices. They remained there until they were transferred to Gandhinagar in 1970.

       


          GEOGRAPHY – The state is bordered by Pakistan and Rajasthan in the north east, Madhya Pradesh in the east, and Maharashtra and the Union territories of Diu, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the south. The Arabian Sea borders the state both to the west and the south west.

         WEATHER-- Gujarat weather shows two distinctive traits. In the northern region, Gujarat weather is marked by a dry and arid climate; whereas in the south, one can find a moist weather owing to the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Cambay. Winters in Gujarat are mild, pleasant and dry. The day temperature in winter is around 25° C and at night is 10° C . Summers are extremely hot, with the day time temperature being 45° C , and the night temperature being 32° C . In Gujarat, monsoon is generally hot and utterly humid. The temperature at day is 38° C but at night it falls down to 25° C . The rainfall in Gujarat varies from place to place - the average rainfall varies from 33 to 152 centimeters. The northern region receives a rainfall ranging from 51 to 102 centimeters; whereas the southern region receives 76 to 152 centimeters of rainfall.

               TOURISM :-Gujarat has varied Tourist spots within whole of Gujarat like: Religious place like Dwarka, Somnath, Pavagadh, Ambaji, Bhadreshwar, Shamlaji and Taranga; Jain temples, at Palitana and Girnar Hill

               • Archaeological and Architectural monuments at Patan, Siddhpur Ghumli, Dabhoi, Vadnagar, Modhera, Lothal and Ahmedabad

                • Beaches in Ahmedpur-Mandvi, Corwad, Ubharat and Tithal

                • The hill resort of Saputara

           • The lion sanctuary of Gir Forest and the Wild Ass sanctuary in the Kutchh area apart from many others

               • Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi at Porbandar and Hriday Kunj – Gandhi Ashram at Ahmedabad

 

Highlights
 
Units of the Region namely, Godhra, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Junagadh, Palanpur organised programmes on Honb'le PM's MAN KI BAAT at different venues of their respective jurisdictions.
 
During the period under report, six DFP units in Gujarat arranged 69, film shows, 83,group discussions, 57, photo exhibitions and 18,special interactive programmes on health & DBT. They submitted 93 feedback reports. Through these programmes, they reached around 45 thousand people. A campaign on ‘Direct benefit scheme’ was launched at Mehsana and Bhavnagar where the programme will be rolled out in future. Junagadh and Bhavnagar units are participating in Public Information Campaign held at Sardhar in Rajkot district. Units organized special programmes on the occasion of Pulse Polio day on 24th February.
During the period under report, six DFP units in Gujarat arranged 94 film shows, 101 group discussions, 68 photo exhibitions and 9 special interactive programmes with a focus on ‘National Rural Drinking Water Programme’. They submitted 47 feedback reports. Surat unit organized a special programme on the occasion of ‘World Population day’ which attracted wide publicity in print media. Palanpur unit organized a quiz competition at Lunpur high school in Deesa district on NRDWP. Regional office organized an orientation workshop for health awareness campaign at Ahmedabad in collaboration with Song & Drama division.
A total of 72 film shows, 10 special programmes and 46 photo exhibitions were organized during the month. Godhra unit arranged a Quiz contest on Bharat Nirman at Adarsh Nivasi Shala of Raniyar village of Zalod block of Dahod district. A similar
During the period under report, six DFP units in Gujarat arranged 98 film shows, 109 group discussions, 74 photo exhibitions and 19 special interactive programmes and 102 Feedback with a focus on ‘Rajiv Gandhi Vidyutikaran Yojna’. Special programmes were organized on the occasion of Independence day celebrations,Breast feeding week and Sadbhavna divas..Junagadh unit organized a elocution competition in Gondal block on PM’s 15-point programme for minorities. Bhavnagar unit organized a special programme on ‘Breast feeding week’. Surat unit organized a special programme on the occasion of ‘Sadbhavna divas’ which attracted wide publicity in print media.
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