Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi addresses a press conference on November 23, 2021, in New Delhi. MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, V Muraleedharan and MoS, I&B, Dr. L. Murugan are also seen. (PIB)
New Delhi: India is celebrating Constitution Day on November 26 with great fervour and gaiety in the Central Hall of Parliament House.
As the curtain-raiser for the event, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi along with Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr. L. Murugan on November 23, 2021, briefed the media about the preparations for the Constitution Day.
Joshi informed that President Ram Nath Kovind will be leading the celebrations of Constitution Day live from the Central Hall of Parliament on November 26, 2021, from 11:00 AM onwards.
The occasion will also be graced by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Ministers, MPs, and other dignitaries.
This function will be live-streamed through Sansad TV/DD/ other TV Channels and Online Portals.
After the President’s speech, the whole nation is invited to read Preamble to the Constitution live with him.
The public at large including Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India, State/UT Governments, Schools/Colleges/Universities/Institutions/ Bodies, Bar Councils etc. have been requested to join the President in reading Preamble to the Constitution on November 26, 2021, from their places, following the Covid 19 protocols.
A call has been made to the public at large to read Preamble en masse with the President through various modes such as Radio/TV/Social Media etc. using dignitaries from various fields.
So as to make it a public campaign and for ensuring Jan Bhagidari (people’s participation), the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has developed two portals, one “Online Reading of the Preamble to the Constitution” in 23 languages (22 official languages and English) and another “Online Quiz on Constitutional Democracy” (mpa.nic.in/constitution-day) wherein anybody can participate from anywhere and get certificates.
Joshi stated that “the Online portal for Reading of the Preamble to the Constitution (mpa.nic.in/constitution-day) in 23 languages (22 official languages and English) has been developed which would be operational for use from 26th November 2021 onwards. Anyone can register on this portal and can read Preamble to the Constitution in any of 23 languages and get a certificate”.
Padma Shri awardee Jai Prakash Lakhiwal has designed the frame for the Preamble in this portal in such a way that it has elements of arts from all States/UTs of the Union of India. This design will also be reflected on certificates.
The portal “Online Quiz on Constitutional Democracy” (mpa.nic.in/constitution-day) will be launched by the President on November 26, 2021, from Central Hall. It is a simple digital quiz with the purpose of “Jan bhagidari” having very simple and basic questions on the Indian Constitution and its Democracy with special reference to Fundamental duties enshrined therein.
Anyone can participate in this quiz and get a participation certificate with simple registration in his name giving his/her name, telephone number, age group.
There may be multiple registrations on a single mobile number. There would be a question bank of about 1000 questions and each time 5 questions would randomly pop up which would be attempted by any participant on the quiz. The participant can check the correctness of his/ her answers.
“But on simple participation, everyone would get a certificate because the purpose of the quiz is to popularise the basic values of the Indian constitution and Parliamentary Democracy and not to test their knowledge. It would be in both Hindi and English languages so that more and more people including senior citizens can participate from across the world,” Joshi informed.
The Minister also requested the public at large that more and more people should join the celebrations from Central Hall of Parliament with the President and the Prime Minister on that day and share their photos reading preamble and getting certificates from their respective places using #SamvidhanDiwas and tagging @MOPAIndia on Facebook, @mpa_india on Twitter, and @min_mopa on Instagram.
Going into the history of the Constitution Day, Joshi stated that in 2010 being the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi carried “Samvidhan Gaurav Yatra “ in Gujarat and was the force behind the declaration of November 26 as Constitution Day from 2015. (Press Release)