Union Budget 2019: NCSM to develop a 'Gandhipedia' to mark the Mahatma's 150th birth anniversary

The government also aims to make the country open defecation-free by October 2, 2019, Gandhiji's 150th birth anniversary
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Ahead of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on October 2, 2019, the union government has planned to develop Gandhipedia, an encyclopedia on the Father of the Nation, to sensitise the youth and the society on positive Gandhian values.This was announced by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her maiden union budget.

"The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is an apt occasion for us to rededicate ourselves to  the ideals of the Mahatma," she said. The Gandhipedia will be developed by the National Council of Science Museums. Sitharaman also said that the country will be open defecation-free by October 2, 2019. Marking the occasion, a Gandhi Darshan will be set up at Rajghat on that day. 

India's first full-time woman finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her maiden union budget at 11 am on July 5. Sitharaman reached the Parliament an hour ahead of time with the budget document folded in a red traditional cloth sealed with the government seal. Analysts and the media had predicted that her first budget will be focused on the middle class and the poor and that it will take the SoPs presented in the interim budget by Piyush Goyal in February further. Sitharaman has to deal with income tax exemption slabs, unemployment and form a pro-janta budget with the added task of pulling the country out of a five year low. With former Education Minister Prakash Javadekar promising that the government will try its best to spend 6 per cent of the GDP on education and the PM stressing on the youth development and innovation, eyes are on Sitharaman's budget to bring the change.

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