50 per cent central schemes, institutes named after Nehru-Gandhi family

Almost half of the nearly 60 institutions and schemes run by the Centre are named after the Nehru-Gandhi family, while Mahatma Gandhi's name figures in just four of these.

According to information released by the Ministry of Planning in response to an RTI query by Hisar-based RTI activist Ramesh Verma, 27 out of 58 institutions and schemes run by the Centre are named after former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

As many as 16 of these were named after Rajiv while eight have been named after Indira and three after Nehru.

Other personalities whose names have been used include Kasturba Gandhi (1), B R Ambedkar (4), Maulana Abul Kalam (3) Lal Bahadur Shastri (2), Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1), Rabindranath Tagore (1), Zakir Hussain (1) and Babu Jagjivan Ram (1).

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