nChief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said Swami Atmanand assimilated the ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda and they inspired him to devote his entire life for service of poor and downtrodden.

Speaking at a function organised on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Atmanand at Patan in Durg, Baghel remembered Swami Atmanand for establishment of Ramkrishna Ashram at Narayanpur in Bastar region.

Baghel incidentally is a legislator from Patan assembly constituency.

About establishment of Ashram in Narayanpur, Baghel also recalled that the task was given by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and with the initiatives of Swami Atmanand outstanding performance was given by the students of Ashram in the very first year. “All the seven tribal students of the Ashram secured position in merit list of the district,” he recalled.

On this occasion, Baghel also laid foundation stones for development works worth Rs 5.75 crore in Patan Nagar Panchayat.