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Updated: December 19, 2010 20:59 IST

Centre sanctions Rs 100 cr for Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary

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The Centre has approved Rs 100 crore proposal of the Ramakrishna Mission for nation-wide social projects from 2010-2014 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

?The National Committee set up under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister (to commemorate Vivekananda?s 150th birth centenary) has approved our scheme of Rs 100 crore for various service?oriented programmes all over India from 2010 to 2014,? Mission General Secretary, Swami Prabhananda said at the 101st annual general meeting at its global headquarters here.

The programmes included child health improvement, all round development in 150 villages, educational development and self-empowerment of rural women in 10 villages, poverty alleviation in 10 selected pockets and value education for the youth, besides publication of books and production of films on Vivekananda in various languages.

During 2009-10, the Ramakrishna Math and Mission spent Rs 301.67 crore for developmental, educational and welfare projects.

Of this, Rs 171.46 crore were spent on education, Rs 88.37 crore on medical services, Rs 27.92 crore on rural and tribal development, Rs 7.21 crore on welfare projects and Rs 6.71 crore on relief work, Prabhananda said.

A commemorative volume on the Ramakrishna Mission and a booklet on its relief services on the completion of 100 years of the Mission?s registration with the Registrar of Societies were released on the occasion.

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