**Bhubaneswar:** Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik headed for New Delhi today afternoon to attend the meeting of Chief Ministers’ scheduled on May 2.
The Chief Ministers of all states are meeting at Delhi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would hold a brainstorming session to finalise ideas for the programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Tomorrow the Prime Minister has called a meeting of the Chief Ministers, which I will be attending,” Naveen said, before heading for Biju Patnaik International Airport. Naveen presided over International Labour Day celebrations at Jaydev Bhavan today.
“The 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation will be celebrated in 2019. We shall use the preceding year i.e. is 2018, to rededicate ourselves, through our actions, to the ideals that the Mahatma Gandhi taught and lived by. We also aim to bring the Mahatma’s message alive for the generations across the world that have not the privilege of living during his lifetime,” Modi wrote in a letter to Chief Ministers.
The PM, while stating that the first meeting has been scheduled for May 2, expressed hope of a vibrant exchange of ideas on the year long programme. “The committee is mandated to consider policies and lay down guidelines for the commemoration, and to decide on the time frame for the commemoration related activities,” Modi further stated in the letter.