PM Narendra Modi launched
Rs 100 commemorative coin in previous PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s respect on
Monday. It might be noticed that Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s commemoration will be
commended as Good Governance Day today. Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on
August 16 this year at 93 years old at the AIIMS in New Delhi after a drawn out
ailment. He filled in as the Prime Minister thrice and drove the NDA government
from 1998 to 2004.
PM Modi said at the launch, “The mind is not ready to believe that Atal Ji is no longer with us. He was a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society”.
The prime minister also remarked that Vajpayee sat in opposition and didn’t stop raising his voice for the people. “Today political scenario is such that if one has to stay out of power for two-five years, one gets restless,” he said.
Here are the salient features of the coin:
One side of the coin will have a portrait of Vajpayee with his name inscribed in the Devanagari script and English language.
His birth and death years-1924 and 2018, will be inscribed below the image.
The coin is made up of silver (50%), copper (40%), nickel (5%) and zinc (5%).
The weight of the coin is 135 grams.
It coin will also bear the Ashoka Pillar Lion Capital in the centre with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below in Devanagari script on the other side.
The left periphery of the coin will have ‘Bharat’ inscribed in Devanagari while the right side will have ‘India’ inscribed in the English language.
The government also
announced the release of Rs 75 coin as well to commemorate the 75th anniversary
of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It is also worth mentioning here is that the
Finance Ministry had issued a notification about the introduction of Rs 100
coin to commemorate the birth centenary of Dr MG Ramachandran, last year.