The Union Government on 12 October 2017 announced to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from 2 October 2019 to 2 October 2020.
To commemorate the same, the Union Government constituted a National Committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This Committee comprises Chief Ministers of all the states, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers and prominent people from different spheres of life.
The Committee will direct and approve policies, programmes, activities for the commemoration and will also supervise the implementation of the decisions taken from time to time.
In Honour of Mahatma Gandhi
• 2nd October is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti in India and as International Day of Non-Violence worldwide.
• Time Magazine bestowed the title ‘Man of the Year’ to Mahatma Gandhi in 1930.
• Time Magazine also named Gandhi as one of the top 25 political icons of all time in 2011.
• Gandhi was also the runner-up to Albert Einstein as ‘Person of the Century’ at the end of 1999.
• In 1995, Indian Government launched the International Gandhi Peace Prize on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The Prize is awarded to distinguished social workers, world leaders and citizens.
• PM Modi launched ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti in 2014. Swachh Bharat Mission logo shows the spectacles of Mahatma Gandhi with its bridge in the Tricolor envisioning a clean India.
International days that celebrate Gandhi
• The United Nations General Assembly declared Gandhi's birthday 2 October as ‘the International Day of Non-violence’ in 2007.
• In 1948, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proposed observing 30 January as the 'School Day of Nonviolence and Peace’, the day when Gandhi was assassinated.