Celebrating the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed all the BJP MPs to carry out 'padayatra' in every Lok Sabha constituency between October 2 and October 31, which mark the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and former Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel respectively.
PM Modi has asked the BJP MPs to embark on 'padayatra' for 150 kms between October 2 and October 31, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi informed the media on Tuesday. He said that 10 groups will be made in every constituency in which the MP and other BJP leaders will carry out the padayatra for 15 kms each every day till October 31.
"In every constituency, a team will be formed which will carry out 'padayatra' every day covering every booth. Spreading awareness about Mahatma Gandhi's role in the freedom movement, planting more trees, all these instructions have been given by the PM Modi. These yatras will focus on revival of villages and making them self-reliant, plantation drive and zero budget farming. A committee will be formed to chalk out the plan for the same," said Joshi addressing the media.
This development has come after the BJP Parliamentary party meeting chaired by PM Modi in New Delhi where the Prime Minister also asked the Rajya Sabha members to visit constituencies where the BJP organisation was weak.
Earlier on Friday, while announcing the Union Budget 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the National Council for Science Museum will set up 'Gandhipedia' to sensitize young people about Gandhian ideas and philosophy ahead of the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
"The 150th birth anniversary is an apt occasion where Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra will be inaugurated at Raj Ghat October 2, 2019. Gandhipedia (like an encyclopedia on Gandhi) is also being developed by National Council for Science Museums to sensitise the youth and society at large about Gandhian thoughts and philosophy," said the Finance Minister.
(With PTI inputs)