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The 'Name Game'! Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojna's official site still showing the scheme as Indira Awaas Yojana
The ministry of youth affairs and sports proposes to drop 'Nehru' from Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and rename it to 'National Yuva Kendra Sangathan' on the grounds that the organization has now acquired national character covering 623 districts.

This move can be counted as more than just a proposal to change the name of an organization but an add on to what priorities do we have for social welfare today. Is it really the title that matters or the core values and cause it holds?

The objective behind the initiation of this scheme may be limited to personality development of rural non student youth launched in 42 districts, which has now taken shape of a nationwide character appreciably covering 623 districts including urban student youth, the need to re-title the organization is still questionable.

Although, the proposal has yet not been approved, but the board of governors of NYKS including its vice president's association with RSS and also a few BJP workers creates a sense of political agenda around the proposal.

This is not the first incidence where we have witnessed BJP's approach towards renaming schemes as many other examples can be quoted. For instance, "Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan" was renamed to "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan", "Rajiv Awas Yojana" to "Sardar Patel Urban Housing Mission", "Indira Awaas Yojana" to "Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana"; interestingly, the guidelines, scheme allocation and FAQs on the "Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojna" still open as Indira Awaas Yojana documents on the official site.

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This name changing game is not just confined to schemes. Towns and cities are also renamed for some mysterious reasons. UP's "Miya Bazar" was renamed to "Maya Bazar", "Humayun Nagar" to "Hanuman Nagar", etc, which brings just one question to the minds of people, is it really the name that matters or the game?

It seems difficult to get rid of prevailing evils of the country if the politics of name is prioritised instead of the core strengthening of the system towards welfare of its people.

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