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ANTYODAYA DIWAS: 25 SEPTEMBER

ANTYODAYA DIWAS: 25 SEPTEMBER

Context:

Every year, on 25 September, the Antyodaya Diwas is observed throughout India, to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

About the Day:

  • Antyodaya means "to lift up the poorest of the poor" or “rise of the last person”
  • On September 25, 2014, the day was declared by the Modi Government and officially celebrated since 2015.
  • Through Antyodaya Diwas, the government conveys the message of Upadhyaya who witnessed the uprising of the poorest of the poor.
  • In 2014, on the occasion of Antyodaya Diwas, the Ministry of Rural Development relaunched Aajeevika Skills- National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).
  • In 2015, the ministry renamed the programme Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- NRLM.
  • On this occasion, the Ministry of Rural Development felicitates the beneficiaries of skill development programmes - Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana and Rural Self Employment Training Institute.

About Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya:

  • He was born in 1916.
  • He was born in Chandrabhan village (now called Deendayal Dham) in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district.
  • His father was an astrologer by profession while his mother was a housewife.
  • He was the co-founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS).
  • He was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) thinker.

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