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First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities held in Bhopal

The First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It was organised by Union Urban Affairs Ministry and inaugurated by Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs.The conference aimed to provided single platform for convergence of all best practices in Smart city missions across country to help city leaders to use collective learning to accelerate progress of work. It also aimed to provide momentum to cities and platform for cross-learning, sharing and disseminating experience gained over past two and a half years.

Key Facts

The two-day conference was organised for providing platform for cross learning and knowledge sharing among Smart City CEOs. It enabled CEOs to learn from experiences of all city leaders to understand in greater details both successes and failures.

Apart from Smart City CEOs, the conference saw participation of representatives from municipal, State and Central Government and various other stakeholders in Smart City Mission from the civil society, academia, industry etc.  


Since its launch in June 2015, Smart Cities Mission (SCM) has been one of the most transformational urban missions. Total 99 cities have been selected for development as Smart Cities. Under it, key projects such as digitally integrated smart city centres, street re-design, installation of solar rooftop on buildings etc. have initiated for the process of urban transformation, enhancing liveability of cities. 

So far 3,012 projects worth Rs. 1,38,984 crore have been identified for implementation under SCM. Out of which, over 750 projects of more than Rs 25,000 crore have been completed or are being implemented. The CEOs of Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle (SPVs) through their leadership role in driving the implementation of smart city projects have been instrumental in achieving transformational outcomes envisaged under the Mission.

President to preside over PM-headed panel on Gandhi 150th birth Anniversary

President Ram Nath Kovind will preside over first meeting of National Committee for Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019. The committee is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has 114 members on board including Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, former Prime Ministers and Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, members of union cabinet, political party leaders, chief ministers, Gandhians, spiritual gurus and social workers among others.


The birth anniversary of father of the nation will be commemorated from 2nd October, 2019 to 2nd October, 2020. Many events are planned to organised at both national and international level to propagate message of Mahatma Gandhi. In 2018-19 budget proposals, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earmarked Rs. 150 crore for the celebrations.

Key Facts

The 114-member committee will discuss policies, plans and preparatory activities for commemoration of birth anniversary. Its recommendations will be considered for implementation by government. The Ministry of Culture will be nodal ministry for celebrations. Chief Ministers of different states, leaders of various political parties, Gandhians, spiritual leaders and social workers are expected to attend the meeting.