The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the constitution of two committees for the commemoration of the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
The Prime Minister will chair a 149 member National Committee, and the Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, will chair a 23 member Executive Committee.
The members of the National Committee include former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister Shri H.D. Deve Gowda, Union Ministers Shri Rajnath Singh, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Manohar Parrikar, former Deputy Prime Minister Shri L.K. Advani, and BJP President Shri Amit Shah.
Bihar Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar, former Agriculture Minister Shri Sharad Pawar, Rajya Sabha MP Shri Sharad Yadav, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, Lyricist Prasoon Joshi, Film Director Shri Chandraprakash Dwivedi, former Hockey player Shri Dhanraj Pillai, former Badminton player and coach Shri Pullela Gopichand, and Founder of Sulabh International Shri Bindeshwar Pathak have been included in the National Committee. Former Chief Justice of India Shri R C Lahoti, Retired Air Chief Marshal Shri S Krishnaswami, Constitutional Expert Shri Subhash Kashyap, and Environmentalist Shri C.P. Bhatt have also been included in the National Committee. The committee includes several Governors, Chief Ministers, Scientists, Journalists, Academicians, Social Workers and Spiritual Leaders.
Union Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma will be the Convenor of the Committee.