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Rare Gandhi footage to help launch clean India campaign

Plan to show film on giant screens at the Rajpath-Rafi Marg

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2014 1:16:45 am
Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete at a cleanliness drive at Udyog Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Source: Prem Nath Pandey Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete at a cleanliness drive at Udyog Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Source: Prem Nath Pandey

A four-minute film showing rare footage of Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas on cleanliness is likely to be aired during the launch of the Swachh Bharat mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2. Produced by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, the film showcases several rare video clips and photographs of the Mahatma.

The short film also has several clips of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech, wherein he talked about gifting a Swachh Bharat to Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary in 2019.

Sources said that the government plans to erect more than a dozen giant screens — possibly at the Rajpath-Rafi Marg crossing where the PM will launch the mission — to show the film. The film is also likely to be aired on Doordarshan.

The initiative, which has been executed in a hurry, is in line with Modi’s directions to the I&B Ministry to dig out the footage and get it ready to be aired on Gandhi Jayanti.

As first reported by The Indian Express, Modi, in an interaction with I&B ministry officials in June, had said that despite there being sufficient archive material available on Gandhi, the content aired on Doordarshan about him was inadequate.

The PM had told ministry officials that he would like to see rare audio and videos of Gandhi retrieved, restored, and packaged as short capsules to be aired on Doordarshan and All India Radio.

At railway stations today

Many of Narendra Modi’s ministers will be participating in the cleanliness drive by the Railways at its stations as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A look at who will be where today:

Rajnath Singh: Charbag, Lucknow

Ram Vilas Paswan: Hajipur

Upendra Kushwaha: Hajipur

Maneka Gandhi: Pilibhit

Uma Bharti: Jhansi

Ananth Kumar: Bangalore

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Patna

Ashok Gajpathi Raju: Visakhapatnam

Anant Gangaram Geete: Rajgarh

Narendra Singh Tomar: Gwalior

Jual Oram: Bhubaneswar

Food Processing Indus-tries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at Panchseel Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Source: PTI Food Processing Indus-tries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at Panchseel Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Source: PTI

Dharmendra Pradhan: Bhubaneswar

Radha Mohan Singh: Motihari

Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Nagda

V K Singh: Ghaziabad

Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Bareli

Shripad Yasso Naik: Madagaon

Sarbananda Sonowal: Guwahati

Mansukhbhai Vasava: Ankleshwar

P Radhakrishnan: Nagercoil

Nihalchand Meghwal: Ganganagar

Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Muzaffarnagar

G M Siddeswara: Dawangare

Harshvardhan: New Delhi

Harsimrat Kaur: Bhatinda

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