The Union Government on October 2, 2018 launched the Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth year celebrations, marking the beginning of the final year of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
The Swachh Bharat Mission will culminate on October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Swachhata hi Seva Campaign 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 15, 2018 launched the mega countrywide campaign- Swachhata hi Seva Campaign 2018. The 2018 campaign followed the success of the 2017 campaign and culminated with the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) that was held from September 29 to October 2, 2018.
The culmination of Swachhata hi Seva Campaign and MGISC marked the start of the 150th birth year celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention
The Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC), a 4-day event organised by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, came to a close on October 2. The Convention aimed to share sanitation success stories and lessons from the participating countries.
The Convention included a field visit, plenary sessions, and technical sessions. A parallel exhibition of sanitation innovations was held.
Swachh Bharat Mission
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) on October 2, 2014 with an aim to build a Clean and Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2, 2019 as a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
At the time of launch, PM Modi gave the clarion call for a mass movement that seeks to engage everyone in the task of cleaning their own homes, workplaces, villages, cities, and surroundings. Swachh Bharat has since been successful in capturing the imagination of Indian people.
Since the inception of the program, the rural sanitation coverage of India increased significantly, from 39 percent in October 2014 to over 90 percent, as of September 2018. Over 78 million household toilets have been constructed under the Mission. As a result, 25 States/Union Territories, over 513 districts, and 504316 villages have declared themselves as free from open defecation.
President Ram Nath Kovind on September 18, 2018 launched the logo and the web portal for commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The logo was obtained through crowd sourcing.
The logo branding will be done in trains, metro rail, air India aircrafts, state roadways buses, government websites, e-mails, government stationery, calendar, government advertisements and digital signature.
The logo will also be used by Public Sector Undertakings, subordinate offices, and autonomous bodies that fall under Ministries or Departments of the Union Government.
Web portal on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
• The web portal ‘http://gandhi.gov.in’ is participatory in nature and all the participating organisations will be able to upload their activities regarding commemoration on the website.
• It has a unique feature ‘Gandhipedia’ which will be a repository of Gandhian knowledge and will continue to grow with time.
• Information related to Gandhian literature, philosophy, audios and videos, rare photos are available in the portal.
• The web portal will identify visitors from different geography and serve them personalised information.
• Organisations & individuals can join celebration and submit their Karyanjali or work through an easy upload process.
Constitution of National Committee and Executive Committee to plan commemoration
The Union Government constituted a National Committee (NC) headed by President Nath Kovind for commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
This Committee includes Vice-President, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of all states of the country, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers, and eminent persons from all walks of life. The Committee was tasked to guide and approve policies, programmes and activities for the commemoration and will also supervise implementation of the decisions taken from time to time.
An Executive Committee (EC) headed by Prime Minister with 19 members was also constituted. The Executive Committee was mandated to consider policies and lay down guidelines for the commemoration and chalk out the plan, programmes and activities under the commemoration.
One meeting each of the National Committee and Executive Committee was held on May 2, 2018 and July 18, 2018 respectively.
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