Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat Scheme - Significance & Highlights [UPSC GS-II]

The “Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat” scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Ekta Diwas (31st October 2015) on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel draws inspiration from the life of India’s freedom fighter. The scheme was launched to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of India while establishing a strong mechanism to inculcate nationalism and cultural awareness among the citizens of our nation. Its primary objective is to strengthen cultural relations of various regions in the country and to encourage mutual connection between people residing in different states.


The scheme aims at celebrating unity in diverse culture of nation and to bolstering sentimental bonds among the people of different states. It aims at conducting various activities throughout the year under this campaign to strengthen sentiments for National Unity between the citizens of states and states governed by the union government. Under it rich culture, heritage, customs and traditions of either State will be showcased for enabling people to understand and appreciate the diversity that is prevalent in India, thus fostering a sense of common identity among the citizens. In order to create a conducive environment to promote learning between the states by sharing the best experiences and practices, it will also establish long-term engagements thereby strengthening the unity and integrity of India.

Some important facts

  • The government of Madhya Pradesh has partnered with the governments of Nagaland and Manipur under the Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat Yojana to streghten the cultural relations.
  • The higher Education Department has been made the nodal department for the implementation of this scheme, by the Madhya Pradesh government.
  • MP will participate in Sangai Mahotsav that is being organized by Manipur in the state
  • The teams from Nagaland and Manipur will take part in Lok Rang and Bal Rang programmes of MP to present their cultural programmes.

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