National Integration Under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat (Download PDF)


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The Government of India has launched an initiative Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat (EBSB) to foster national integration by a coordinated mutual engagement process between States, Union Territories, Central Ministries, Educational Institutions and general public through linguistic, literary, cultural, sports, tourism and other forms of people-to-people exchanges.

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The States/Union Territories have been grouped in 16 pairs. Detailed background of the scheme, its objectives, implementation strategy/methodology and the pairing of the States/Union Territories are available in No separate budget allocation has been made for this scheme.

Objective of the National Integration under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat

  1. To Celebrate the Unity in Diversity of our Nation and to maintain and strengthen the fabric of traditionally existing emotional bonds between the people of our Country;

  2. To Promote the spirit of national integration through a deep and structured engagement between all Indian States and Union Territories through a year-long planned engagement between States;

  3. To Showcase the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either State for enabling people to understand and appreciate the diversity that is India, thus fostering a sense of common identity

  4. TO Establish long-term engagements and,

  5. TO create an environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices and experiences.

Promotion of the National Integration under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat

  • States have expressed their keen interest in being part of the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat scheme.

  • They have signed MoUs with their paired States/Union Territories and have been conducting various events covering a gamut of activities in the educational, cultural, geographical, social, tourism, sports, youth-related activities and sharing of best practices, encompassing a wide range of subjects under the programme with an integrative content relating to their paired States/Union Territories.

  • Various States/UTs have organized more than hundred Culture land Literal Exchange programmes involving the people and artists of the paired States, organized a large number of Food Festivals, programmes such as National Integration Day, Run for Unity, Hornbill Festival, Deepotsav Festival, Geeta Utsav, Bharat Parv, Art Yatra, Sadkal Gujarat, Kabir Festival, Gir Monsoon Festival, Bastar Mahotsav, Tawang Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival etc.

  • More than 200 Higher Educational Institutions, more than 250 schools under CBSE, more than 100 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, more than 40 Sainik schools & schools under Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan have organized more than 1000 programmes under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

  • Ministry of Tourism has been organizing various Food festivals through Institutes of Hotel Management.

  • It has also organized Bharat Parv and Paryatan Parv involving the various State Governments.

  • Other Ministries like Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Railways have also been conducting a large number of programmes.

  • Department of School Education & Literacy has initiated Bhasha Sangam, a celebration of Linguistic Diversity which marks the appreciation of the unique symphony of languages of our country from 20th November to 21st December, 2018.

  • A Group of Ministers headed by Minister of Human Resource Development periodically reviews the steps taken by the States/UTs and concerned Ministries/Departments to bridge the cultural gap in the country and enhance interaction between people living in different States.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 15, 2019

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