Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Scheme- Details & Objectives

Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Scheme

On the occasion Rashtriya Ekta Divas held on 31st October, 2015 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi mooted the idea of a sustained and structured cultural connect between denizens of different regions to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Every State and Union Territory in the country would be paired with another State or UT for a year, during the period they would carry out a structured engagement with one another in the spheres of language, literature, cuisine, festivals, cultural events, tourism etc. This pattern of cultural and social adoption of the partner State or UT would be followed by all States and Union Territories .

All the 36 States and Union Territories in India have been paired for an entire year. The paired States/UTs would sign MoUs with each other, delineating a set of activities that they would carry out through the assigned period of time. An activity calendar for each pair would be prepared through mutual consultation paving the way for a year long process of mutual engagement. Such interaction between different segments of the population of each pair of States /UTs at the cultural level, would generate the vibrance of understanding & appreciation amongst the people and forge mutual bonding among people of different cultures and castes, thus securing an enriched value system of unity in the nation.

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Objectives of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

The broad objectives of the initiative are given as follows:

  • To CELEBRATE the Unity in Diversity of our Nation and to maintain and strengthen the fabric of traditionally existing emotional bonds between the people of our Country.
  • To PROMOTE the spirit of national integration through a deep and structured engagement between all Indian States and Union Territories through a year-long planned engagement between States.
  • To SHOWCASE the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either State for enabling people to understand and appreciate the diversity that is India, thus fostering a sense of common identity.
  • To ESTABLISH long-term engagements.
  • To CREATE an environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices, learnings and experiences.

Key Themes for Interaction

Given below are the key themes for interacting or pairing of different states.

  • To celebrate the idea of India as a nation wherein different cultural units across varied geographical areas will interact with each other. The glorious manifestation of diverse cuisine, music, dance, theater, movies & films, handicrafts, sports, literature, festivals, painting, sculpture etc. will enable people to imbibe the innate chord of binding and brotherhood.
  • To make different people of India aware about the seamless integral hull of the Modern Indian State spread across a vast landmass on whose firm foundations, the geo-political strength of the country is ensured to benefit one and all.
  • To impress upon people about the increasing inter-connectedness between the constituents of various cultures and traditions, which is so vital for the spirit of nation building.
  • To induce a sense of responsibility & ownership for the nation as a whole through these close cross-cultural interactions as it intends to build up the inter-dependence matrix unequivocally all over.

Implementation Strategy

The Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Engagement Matrix between States and Union Territories for the First year would be as follows:

  • Jammu & Kashmir : Tamil Nadu
  • Punjab : Andhra Pradesh
  • Himachal Pradesh : Kerala
  • Uttarakhand : Karnataka
  • Haryana :Telangana
  • Rajasthan : West Bengal
  • Gujarat : Chhattisgarh
  • Maharashtra :Odisha
  • Goa : Jharkhand
  • Delhi : Sikkim & Assam
  • Madhya Pradesh : Manipur & Nagaland
  • Uttar Pradesh : Arunachal Pradesh & Meghalaya
  • Bihar : Tripura & Mizoram
  • Chandigarh : Dadra & Nagar Haveli
  • Puducherry : Daman & Diu
  • Lakshadweep : Andaman & Nicobar

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), which has been designated Nodal Ministry for co-ordination of the programme has intimated all States/UTs to nominate a nodal officer for the programme, sign the MoUs with the partner States/UTs and to prepare an Action Plan showing the activities, time lines and implementation responsibilities in consultation with the partner States/UTs.

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