Government to commemorate Jawahar Nehru’s birth anniversary, but with a Swachhta twist

Three suggestions of the old committee were accepted by the new committee.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2014 10:24 am
The Prime Minister’s Office is already finalising a major plan to use Nehru’s birth anniversary — November 14 — to connect with school children. The Prime Minister’s Office is already finalising a major plan to use Nehru’s birth anniversary — November 14 — to connect with school children.

At a time when the Congress is accusing the BJP of playing politics over past icons from the Nehru Gandhi family, the government on Saturday decided to commemorate Jawaharlal Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary in a big way.

At a meeting of the recently reconstituted National Committee for Commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was decided to continue with the three main suggestions of the committee from the UPA’s tenure. Congress leader Karan Singh, a member of the panel, described the meeting as “positive and constructive”.

The government, however, also linked its nationwide cleanliness campaign to the celebrations by deciding to organise “Bal Swachhta Mission” in schools between November 14 and 19 and by commemorating the “Year of Bal Swachhta”.

“Three suggestions of the old committee were accepted by the new committee. It was a very constructive meeting,” Singh said. A website dedicated to Nehru, release of a Rs 10-crore grant for the uplift of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and roll-out of a special grant for scholars researching in Nehru were the three suggestions accepted by the committee, which had Union cabinet ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Shripad Naik, Arun Jaitley and Prakash Javadekar.

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