Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelThe Government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) on 31st October every year, to pay tributes to the efforts made by Patel to unite India. In this regard, a function to pay floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will be held at Patel Chowk, Parliament Street, New Delhi at 0800 hrs.
The Government has also decided to hold three other programmes to mark the occasion. First: ‘Run for Unity’ programme in all major cities, district towns and other places in rural areas participated by all sections of society, particularly youth from colleges, National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), etc. In the National capital, ‘Run for Unity’ will be organized from Vijay Chowk to India Gate on Rajpath at 0830 hrs.
Second: Pledge taking ceremony will be organized in all the Government offices, Public Sector Undertakings and other Public institutions to observe the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, the Home Minister said. The pledge timings will be decided by the concerned organization.
Third: In the evening ‘March-Past’ by the Police, the Central Armed Police Forces and other organizations like the NCC, NSS, Scouts and Guides, Home Guards, etc on the streets of major cities and district towns. The personnel will also take pledge. March past will be at 1600 hrs.
This occasion will provide an opportunity to re-affirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country, Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said and appealed to the people to participate in the programmes in large number to pay rich tribute to our real national hero.