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.