Govt to celebrate Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary in a big way

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 23:31 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indicated that the government will celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, in a big way through a number of initiatives and programmes.

Chairing a meeting of the National Committee for Commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, PM Modi said he hoped the activities would be conducted in a manner to allow the common man to be a part of the celebrations.

Initiatives include organising the ‘Year of Bal Swachhta’, releasing commemorative coins on Nehru and the Bal Swachhta Mission in schools between November 14 to 19.

Stressing that promotion of scientific temperament among children would be a prominent objective of the celebrations, Modi invited suggestions on the subject.

The official committee — which was initially set up by the Manmohan Singh government and counted Congress chief Sonia Gandhi among its members — was reconstituted by Modi recently with no one from the Gandhi family finding a place, triggering a controversy. The PMO, however, argued that Sonia Gandhi had opted out of the committee in May.

The suggestions made at the meeting — which was also attended by Congress leaders who are members of the committee — will be reviewed by the Executive Committee chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which will work out the action plan for the entire year.

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