SHRI SUDIP BANDYOPADHYAY (CALCUTTA NORTH WEST): Sir, the `Vande Mataram' programme has been initiated by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports since the 11th December, 1999 and will conclude on the 12th January, 2000, on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
The composer of `Vande Mataram' was Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. I would propose that at Vishwa Bharati, Shanti Niketan, founded by Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore, a light and sound record system be introduced at this juncture so that in the new millennium, the recorded voices of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay could be heard.
I would also propose in the city of Calcutta, in the great Victoria Memorial Hall, the recorded voices of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and other important famous personalities like Swami Vivekananda - on whose birth anniversary on the 12th January, the programme will conclude - can also be played in the form of a light and sound programme at the initiative of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.
I would appeal to the Government to intimate the House about the programmes and proposals adopted by them.