Antyodaya Diwas is annually observed across India in September 2021, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, former leader of the political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), the forerunner of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
- 25th September 2021 marks the 105th birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
- The word Antyodaya means the ‘rise of the last person’, one of the concepts promoted by Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
To uplift the poor people in society to the better sector.
i.On 25th September 2014, the 98th birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya the government of India(GOI) led by Prime Minister(PM) Narendra Modi declared the 25th September of every year as “Antyodaya Diwas” to honour Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
ii.25th September 2014 also marks the day on which the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) revamped the Aajeevika Skills, a skill development program as “Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana” (DDU-GKY) a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).
About Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya:
i.Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was born on 25th September 1916 in Nagla Chandrabhan(now Deendayal Dham), Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
ii.In 1940, he launched “Rashtra Dharma”, a monthly journal to disseminate the ideology of Hindutva nationalism.
iii.His philosophical idea of “Integral humanism” was adopted as the official doctrine of the Jan Sangh in 1965 and later the Bharatiya Janata Party.
iv.On 11th February 1968, he was found dead near the Mughalsarai railway station, Uttar Pradesh.
About Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana(DDU-GKY):
DDU-GKY is a skill training initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development aimed at rural poor youth between 15 and 35 years of age.
To create income diversity in poor families and help rural youth realize their career aspirations