Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: Odisha to identify Kasturba Gandhi Ideal Schools in each block

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Tuesday decided to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in a grand way for two long years. Besides, it decided to organise a host of programmes as a tribute to the Father of the nation on his sesquicentennial birth anniversary.

“The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will be celebrated in a grand way by including people from all walks of life,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while chairing a high-level preparatory meeting in this regard at the State Secretariat today.

Patnaik took to his twitter handle and announced that Odisha will give befitting tribute to revered ahimsa icon on his 150th birth anniversary.

A host of programmes for the sesquicentennial birth anniversary of Gandhiji were also finalised during the meeting which was attended in the presence of Leader of Opposition in the Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra, Culture Minister Ashok Panda and Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

The culture department has constituted five sub-committees for the celebration of Gandhiji’s birth anniversary. On the basis of the opinions of the committee members, it was decided to celebration the Gandhiji’s birth anniversary from October 2, 2018 to October 2, 2020 in all schools, colleges and government offices.

“Kasturba Gandhi Ideal Schools will be identified in each block. Those with notable works in the field of cottage industry will be awarded. A special session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly will be convened in 2019 in this regard,” said Minister Panda after the meeting.

A function will be organised in the Cuttack on March 23 to commemorate the visit of Mahatma Gandhi to the city.

Besides, it was decided in the meeting to set up the statues of Mahatma Gandhi in all district headquarters as well as the places where he had visited. The meeting also decided to incorporate the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi in the Plus Two syllabus.

The Chief Minister said that Gandhiji had visited Odisha eight times and experienced the real situation of the state at that time. The Father of the Nation got inspiration from Odisha for expansion of Khadi industries.

Also Read: Tribute To Mahatma Gandhi: Odisha CM Naveen Urges To Include ‘Ahimsa’ In Preamble Of India’s Constitution

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