Pranab Mukherjee: A life dedicated to social and cultural causes

New Delhi: “Dear friends, I am leaving you with a feeling of gratitude and prayer in my heart. I am happy and happy that I have served the people of this great country. ”

News of the death of the former President of India sparked a wave of shock and sadness across the country, with leaders paying tribute to them across the political spectrum. Mukherjee was affectionately known as Pranab Da Nam. He was a man of humble origin and will always be remembered for his service to the nation, especially in the social and cultural spheres.

Below are some of the contributions made by former President Pranab Mukherjee:

Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex

The museum is a symbol of Indian independence and democracy. The collection contains a number of gifts received by the President of India over the years. Previously, the Toshakhana, a storage space within the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, was used for this purpose. However, during Mukherjee’s tenure, The Stables and The Coach House were transformed into a state-of-the-art museum to preserve and display the gifts received by the Indian President since independence. Apart from gifts, the museum’s collection also includes artifacts, sculptures, furniture, textiles and sketches.

What’s a smartgram

Mukherjee launched the ‘Smartgram’ initiative on July 2, 2016, as a pilot project in five villages in Haryana. It aims to develop villages into ‘humane, high-tech and happy townships’ to ensure enhanced living standards that contribute to harmony. , The happiness and well-being of all residents. This initiative aims to create a sustainable and inclusive development model that can be easily replicated in other villages.

Push on welfare activities

Mukherjee started the codename 4S to improve the standard of living of the residents of the president’s estate. The four components of the initiative are: Culture – Planning to meet the nutritional needs of preschool children; Sanskrit, for the healthy development of children between the ages of 7 to 14 years; Sparsh, under which a hospice was set up for children of different abilities; And Samagham, for senior citizens living on the estate. Also, their small step in introducing e-rickshaw service within the presidential compound has brought great comfort to residents.

Solarization project in the State of the President

Mukherjee inaugurated the first phase of the solarisation project on the president’s estate to reduce the carbon footprint and make the estate more powerful. Seven Upper Solar Roof Solar Panels were installed under the project with an investment of Rs 2.23 crore. Speaking at the inauguration, Mukherjee said: “This is the future course we are establishing today. It is a pleasant occasion for me to be part of this initiative aimed at generating solar energy. “We must conserve energy so that those in need get their power,” he said. Whenever there is a need for development, there is a need for energy and if a division does not gain power, it lags behind. ”

Social and cultural activities

Mukherjee served as President of the Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan from 1995 to 2001 and then from 2004 to 2012. He was also the President of the Ravindra Bharati Society.
From 2006 to 2012, he served as president of the Council of Indian Statistical Institute.
He was Chairman of the Planning Board of the Asiatic Society of Kolkata from 1984 to 1986, 1992 to 1996 and from 2004 to 2012.
He was a trustee of the Bangiya Sahitya Council from 1984 to 1990. He also served as a trustee of Bidhan Memorial Trust in Kolkata from 1998 to June 2012.