Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary celebrations to begin on Jan. 12

New Delhi, Jan. 11 (ANI): The Government of India has decided to undertake the commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 12 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan auditorium.

President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the commemoration in the presence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal, Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch, and General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math Swami Suhitananda will also be present during the occasion.

The programme will consist of addresses by dignitaries on the importance and relevance of this commemoration, in the present context.

Children from the Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi will render a singing performance. A set of commemorative coins and commemorative stamps on Swami Vivekananda will also be released on the occasion.

A National Committee under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was constituted to consider policies and to lay down guidelines for the commemoration and to decide on the time frame for the commemoration related activities.

A National Implementation Committee was also constituted in 2010 under the Chairmanship of the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to implement the decisions of the National Committee.

On Mukherjee's assuming the office of President of India, A.K. Antony has been appointed Chairman of the said National Implementation Committee. (ANI)