Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has expressed profound grief on sad demise of Mr. Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi, the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Mr. Jogi passed away today while undergoing treatment in a private hospital. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel has declared three-day state mourning from today, on sad demise of Mr. Jogi. Meanwhile, National Flag will be unfurled at half mast. Late Mr. Jogi’s last rites will be performed on May 30 at Gaurela.

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said in his condolence message that Mr. Jogi’s demise is an irreparable loss to Chhattisgarh state. Commemorating Mr. Jogi’s contribution in the development of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Baghel said that after formation of Chhattisgarh state, Mr. Jogi chalked out the roadmap of Chhattisgarh’s accelerated development and played an important role in progress of the state as a skilled politician and administrator. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that he got the opportunity to serve as a Cabinet Minister of the government under his leadership. He said that Mr. Jogi’s vision was to work for welfare of village, poor and farmers.

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has deeply empathized with the family members of late Mr. Jogi, and has prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace. It is known that Mr. Jogi was undergoing treatment in the hospital from May 9. Ex-Chief Minister Mr. Jogi had started his career as a professor after completing his higher education in engineering. He served as the first IPS and later got selected for Indian Administrative Services. He served as Collector of many districts in undivided Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Jogi has also served as Member of Parliament and MLA. After formation of Chhattisgarh state on November 1, 2000, He became the first Chief Minister.