Naveen in High Level Committee to commemorate Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary

New Delhi: The Centre formed an 85-member high level committee led by Prime Minster Narendra Modi to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in a befitting manner. A gazette notification to this effect was issued today.

The members of the Committee include distinguished citizens, historians, authors, experts, family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, as well as eminent persons associated with Azad Hind Fauj (INA).

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is among the members of the high level committee that will decide on the activities for a one-year long commemoration, beginning January 23, 2021.

Also, the committee will lend guidance to the commemoration activities in Delhi, Kolkata and other places associated with Netaji and Azad Hind Fauj, both in India as well as overseas.

Other members of the committee include Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar, Jitendra Singh and Prahlad Singh Patel.

Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo and Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri are also among the members.

Former Prime Ministers H.D. Deve Gowda and Manmohan Singh have also been named as the members of the committee which also has Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha Harivansh and former Lok Sabha Speakers Manohar Joshi, Shivraj Patil, Meira Kumar and Sumitra Mahajan.

Besides, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah as well as the Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Odisha, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya have also been included in the committee.

Born in Odisha’s Cuttack on January 23, 1897, Netaji went on to play a key role in the freedom movement. Also, he is known for establishing the Azad Hind Fauj.

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