high level National Implementation Committee (NIC) on Commemorations held its
first meeting in New Delhi today to deliberate upon the ‘commemoration schedule’
for this year. The meeting was chaired by the Union Minister of Home Affairs,
Shri Rajnath Singh. The Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley, Union
Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge)
and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma and Governor of Nagaland, Shri P.B.
Acharya and other members associated with the celebration of commemorations
were also present in the meeting.
During the meeting, the date and venue for the commemoration ceremony of the
following six commemorations were discussed:-
Birth centenary of Rani Gaidinliu
150th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai
200th birth anniversary of Tatya Tope
475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap
Birth centenary of Bhisham Sahni, and
500 years of return of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Vrindavan
Addressing the meeting, Shri Rajnath Singh said that
these great personalities have enriched the history and culture of the country
and high quality, befitting commemorations on a large scale should be
organized for each one of these personalities, considering their contribution
Rajnath Singh said that the message of these commemorations should not be
limited to the local areas, but should be spread to the whole country as well
as the whole world. He suggested that the commemoration ceremonies should be
held in the national capital, Delhi along with the local places/birth places
associated with these personalities. He said that the year-long celebrations should
be held to organize various events related to the lives of these
personalities. The celebrations of these six commemorations should begin in a
phased manner between July-October this year to give enough time for adequate
celebration, he added.
on the occasion, Shri Arun Jaitley said that to pay tribute to these personalities,
structures like auditoriums/theatres etc should be set up
at their birthplace to create permanent symbols of remembrance.
Mahesh Sharma said that the details of the activities to be carried out during
the commemoration ceremonies will be worked out by the sub committees formed
for each of the six commemorations.
officials of the Ministry of Culture and State Government officials as well as
representatives of social organizations connected to these personalities were
also present in the meeting.