राष्ट्रीय दिनदर्शिका प्रसार मंच एक गैर-लाभकारी संस्था है जिसकी स्थापना राष्ट्रवादी व्यक्तियों के एक समूह द्वारा की गई है जिसका उद्देश्य प्रचार (जागरूकता बढ़ाना) और हमारे देश के लोगों द्वारा हमारे राष्ट्रीय आधिकारिक दिनदर्शिका (कैलेंडर) का उपयोग को प्रोत्साहित करना है। लगभग 300 साल पहले हमारे देश में लाए गए ग्रेगोरियन कैलेंडर, जो हमारे राष्ट्रीय दिनदर्शिका के समान वैज्ञानिक भी नहीं है के उपयोग को प्रतिस्थापित करने का उद्देश्य है।
इस गतिविधि की आवश्यकता इस तथ्य के कारण महसूस की गई थी कि भले ही भारतीय राष्ट्रीय दिनदर्शिका 1957 में संसद में पारित एक प्रस्ताव द्वारा हमारे देश के आधिकारिक दिनदर्शिका के रूप में स्वीकृत है और इसे राष्ट्रीय प्रतीकों का दर्जा हो इसके बावजूद भी हमारे देश का आधिकारिक दिनदर्शिका उपेक्षित किया गया है।
Dr. Madhavrao Chitale, Former Secretary to the Union Water Resources Ministry, and the prestigious Stockholm Water Price Awardee, which is considered as a Nobel prize in the field of water resource management. Who post his retirement choose to settle down at Aurangabad, Maharshtra, where he put front the need to give the Indian National Calendar due publicity and increase its awareness among the people of our country, so that it is used by people of our country in place of the Gregorian Calendar.
During one of the public speeches of Dr Madhavrao Chitale he
brought up the subject of the Indian National Calendar. This speech was
attended amongst others by Shri Keshavrao Dongre and Shri Abhay Marathe,
both elderly and eminent social figures, residing at Aurangabad.
Both of them were inspired by the speech and decided to take up
this subject and to work dedicatedly for this subject of national
importance. The beginnings were humble and predictably very hard. The path
was treacherous since there was no tangible benefit to show for their work.
They nevertheless continued relentless along the path. The first steps they
took was to publish a National Calendar in the year……….., for which even
fundraising was arduous task and they put in their own money for the same,
and distributed these amongst the people for increasing awareness.
This created interest about this topic in few more persons who
joined them in this endeavour and thus the practically solo walk of these
people slowly became a small group of like minded nationalist people
residing predominantly at Aurangabad. And some notable people like Shripad
Bambhorikar from Dombivili and Shri Hemant Mone from Kalyan as
age caught up with Shri Keshavaro Dongre, further activities were directed
mainly by Shri Abhay Marathe, who then launched a drive to issue cheques
carrying dates as per the National Calendar. Since as per RBI directives the
cheques bearing dates as per national calendar are valid instruments and
thus be honoured by the banks.
This was a extremely difficult venture this had two hurdles to be addressed simultaneously. One to convince people that such cheques are valid and convincing people to issue such cheques and on the other hand making banks aware about the existence of such an RBI circular, visiting banks and getting the cheques issued using national dates cleared to boost the confidence of people.