As the Central government has decided to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi as a global affair, Haryana government will organise various events to commemorate the birth anniversary throughout the state and the celebrations will continue for the next two years.

While giving this information on Friday, an official spokesperson said that the events to mark his 150th birth anniversary would begin on 2 October this year and would culminate on 2 October 2020.

The Father of the Nation has played a key role in the country’s independence and inspired many through his teachings of non-violence. The world observes 2 October as the International Day of Non- Violence, the spokesperson said.

All the Tableaux in Republic Day Parade 26 January, 2019 would be based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi in connection with Haryana. A Special Assembly session would be convened in 2019, he added.

The spokesperson said that Pada Yatra (foot march) would be organised involving 150 youth at a time walking 10 kilometers per day for 150 days covering every village of the state. Similarly, Cycle Yatra would be organised and during these yatras, awareness would be generated on government programmes, drug abuse and Gandhi jis teachings.

Under EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat initiative to boost cultural bonds and to enhance interaction between people of various states, five students from each state would stay together for sometime in camps.

Short Film Competition and International Conference would be organised on Gandhi Ji. In schools, essay writing, painting and quiz competitions would be organised, he added.

The spokesperson said that other events include Swachh Bharat Internship Programme, promotion of Khadi, villages and cottage Industries, declaring 2019 as year of peace, communal harmony and Satyagraha and publicise and promote nonconventional energy resources, screening of films on Gandhi and displaying quotations of Gandhi through Display Panels or Sign Boards on National Highways.