The Union Cabinet on 24 June 2015 approved the setting up of a National Memorial at the birth place of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan. Lok Nayak was born at Lala Ka Tola, Sitab, Diara in Chhapra (Saran) district of Bihar on 11 October 1902.
The memorial will contribute in furthering the vision of Lok Nayak who was an exemplary leader of Indian independence movement, a freedom fighter and a social reformer.
The memorial will house a virtual museum, an institute and the Lok Nayak Khadi Gaurav Samvardhan Kendra.
The institute will undertake study and research on (a) democracy, (b) enhancing the role of Panchayats in nation building, (c) Gandhian thoughts, and (d) centre for Khadi and constructive work keeping in view the thoughts of Lok Nayak.
On other hand, Lok Nayak Khadi Gaurav Samvardhan Kendra will be used in making national flags by women cluster(s).
The proposal for National Memorial was made by the Union Ministry of Culture.
About Jayaprakash Narayan
Jayaprakash Narayan popularly called as JP or Lok Nayak is remembered especially for leading the opposition against Emergency imposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 25 June 1975 for which he was arrested and kept as a detenu at Chandigarh.
He called for a Sampoorna Kranti (Total Revolution) for upholding and defending civil liberties during emergency and ushered a new democratic movement for India and contributed to strengthen the roots of democracy.
He was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1999. His biography, Jayaprakash, was written Ramavriksha Benipuri.
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Why: 24 June 2015
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