The Cabinet was apprised of the constitution of a committee under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to suggest different programmes and activities to be undertaken by various ministries, departments, states and Union Territories to celebrate Ambedkar's anniversary and spread his thoughts and ideas.
The committee included senior ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Smriti Irani, Sadanand Gowda, Ram Vilas Paswan and Suresh Prabhu.
Briefing the media after a meeting of the Cabinet, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Cabinet was informed of 16 major activities being undertaken by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to promote Ambedkar's ideology and philosophy. These initiatives included setting up of Ambedkar International Centre at 15, Janpath at a cost of Rs 197 crore.
Prasad and Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot ruled out any political motive behind the government's elaborate plans but hit out at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who will kick off Congress' nation-wide celebrations of Ambedkar's anniversary from the Dalit icon's birth place Mhow in Madha Pradesh on Tuesday.
Congress leaders are also holding a meet today to chalk out plans for the celebrations.

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