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Modi chairs meet on Nehru birth anniversary celebrations

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said the 125th birth anniversary of late Jawaharlal Nehru should be celebrated in a manner so that the younger generation can be inspired by India's first prime minister.

Modi, who chaired a meeting of the National Committee for Commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary, expressed hope that the entire set of activities would be conducted in such a way that the common man became a part of the celebrations.

The prime minister said this opportunity must be used to increase awareness about "Chacha Nehru" among the younger generation, and seek inspiration from his life and work, an official release said here.

He called upon the committee members to work towards a clear delineation of the events and programmes.

Modi highlighted the proposed "Bal Swachhta Mission" to be organized in schools across the country between Nov 14-19 and a proposal to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Nehru as the "Year of Bal Swachhta".

He also said "promotion of scientific temper among children" would be a prominent objective of the celebrations. The prime minister also invited suggestions on these and any other related subjects.

The meeting was also attended by ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani, Shripad Naik and Prakash Javdekar.

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