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Odisha to celebrate 150th birth anniv of Mahatma Gandhi for 2 yrs

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government today decided to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for two years starting from October 2, this year.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting at the State Secretariat chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the presence of Leader of Opposition in the Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra, Culture Minister Ashok Panda and Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

“A total of four sub-committees will be formed for the celebrations. Padayatras and memorial meets will be held across the state during the period,” said Minister Panda after the meeting.

“Kasturba Gandhi Ideal Schools will be identified in each block. Those with notable works in the field of cottage industry will be awarded. A special session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly will be convened in 2019 in this regard,” he said.

Other significant decisions taken at the meeting include construction of statue of Mahatma Gandhi at district headquarters, inclusion of Gandhian philosophy related content in +2 syllabus and naming of a major road in every district after the Father of the Nation.