GUWAHATI, Nov 1 - On the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, various events were organised all over the State yesterday to commemorate the event. Reports filed by our correspondents/ANN Service are still pouring in.
A ‘Run for Unity’ organised at Morigaon to mark the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, on Monday. – UB Photos
In Silchar: PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya paid rich tributes to the Late leader and flagged off the ‘Run for Unity’ event. The day was celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day).
The event, organised by the Cachar district administration saw the presence of Deputy Speaker of the Assam Assembly Dilip Kumar Paul, MLAs of Sonai, Borkhola, Katigorah and Udharbond together with Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Vishwanathan, Additional Superintendent of Police (Cachar) Jagadish Das, ADCs and staff from different departments of the district administration, a large number of school students and members from different NGOs.
Addressing the gathering before flagging off the rally, the PWD Minister recollected the contributions of Sardar Patel and urged the people to follow the ideals of the great leader.
“This day is being celebrated nationwide to spread the message of unity and brotherhood among the countrymen. Sardar Patel pioneered the process of make India united and we must never forget his contributions,” Suklabaidya said.
The PWD Minister also administered the oath of unity among those who participated in the event. Dilip Kumar Paul and S Vishwanathan also spoke on the occasion. The Run for Unity rally snaked its way along Central Road and Bhawal Point Park Road before culminating at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner.
In Hatsingimari: The district administration of South Salmara in Mankachar district along with BSF jawans under 57th Battalion observed National Unity Day yesterday, an ANN Service report stated.
In this connection peace rallies were taken out at Mankachar and Hatsingimari separately.
At Hatsingimari, the civil administration under the stewardship of Deputy Commissioner Dr Karuna Kumari flagged off a marathon peace rally at 10 am where a large number of students, police and local people participated.
On the other hand at Mankachar, the BSF jawans under 57th Battalion engaged along the Mankachar border cooperated along with students, teachers, police and others in a peace rally from Shahapara border outpost.
On the occasion, a meeting was also held where the company Commanders of Shahapara and Kamakhyabari border outposts, Principal Ashraf Ali and others participated and spoke about the life and contributions of the Iron Man of India.
The BSF jawans distributed sweets among those present and also organised various competitions among the children of four local schools.
In Diphu: The 20th Battalion CRPF celebrated the day at their headquarter situated at Birla Plywood Factory along with the active cooperation of the local schoolchildren.
Commemorating the day, the CRPF personnel participated in the Run for Unity programme in the morning organised by the district administration. Later, a drawing competition was organised among the schoolchildren with the theme, ‘National Unity’ at the CRPF headquarter.
A good number of schoolchildren participated from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School and Presbyterian Mission High School. The students who performed well in the competition were given prizes by the Second-in-Command, Sanjay Negi and Deputy Commandant of 20th Battalion CRPF.
Addressing the students, Negi spoke about the important role performed by teachers to guide the students so as to nurture responsible future citizens. The students should be motivated to cultivate good discipline, the CRPF officer said.
Besides, he highlighted about the noble leaders of the country, their sacrifice and immense contribution towards the nation. Anisha Das and Priya Kumari Verma of Presbyterian Mission School secured the first and second prize respectively, while Serdihun Tissopi of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School got the third prize.
On the other hand, Diphu town too celebrated National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. Run for Unity was flagged off by KAAC Deputy Chairman Kangjang Terang in the presence of SDO (Sadar) NK Deka Baurah, David Timung, secretary of KAAC and J Sonowal, Additional Deputy Commissioner.
In Mangaldai: In connection with the weeklong celebration of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the ‘Iron Man’, the Darrang district administration on Monday morning organised a public rally at Mangaldai town. Representatives from different local, non-political public organisations, including the Govt Pensioners’ Association, High School Teachers’ Association, Mangaldai Chambers of Commerce , Crystal Vision etc., besides officers and staff of Darrang civil and police administration participated in the rally.
At the end, a public meeting was held at the Mangaldai Vidyapith School playground, where a community oath taking for national unity, integrity and safety was conducted. The meeting also witnessed speeches from the Deputy Commissioner, Darrang, Ashok Kr Barman, Dr Budhin Ch Hazarika, Principal, Kharupetia College and Pratap Bordoloi, Chairman, Municipal Board, Mangaldai. Earlier Gurujyoti Das, MLA, Mangaldai, flagged off the rally at the Borpuhkuri Tiniali of the town.
The administration has already announced holding of similar kind of rallies in many other prime locations across the district including Kharupetia, Sipajhar, Patharighat, Duni etc., apart from organising seminars in educational institutions throughout the week before the concluding function at the District Library auditorium at Mangaldai on November 6 next.
In Kokrajhar: To commemorate the birth anniversary of the first Home Minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a rally was organised on Monday morning here.
The programme which was organised by the Kokrajhar district administration in collaboration with the Army, Inspector of Schools & other departments began from the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar and ended at the Kokrajhar Govt HS and LP School playground in which a good number of school children and Army band took part.
Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Bibekananda Choudhury flagged off the rally in the presence of other invited guests and dignitaries. Addressing the rally at the Kokrajhar Govt HS and LP School playground, Choudhury dwelt at length about the importance of observance of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas in connection with celebration of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Among others, BTAD IGP Dr LR Bishnoi, Biren Ch Phukan, Principal Secretary, BTC, senior Army, Civil & Police officials, teachers etc., attended the programme.
It may be mentioned here that on the occasion, pledge taking on national unity administered by the Deputy Commissioner was also organised in the conference hall of the DC’s office.
In Lumding: A ‘Run of Unity’ was flagged off by PK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) at 6.30 am from the Officer’s Rest Home to Crossing Gate, Lumding via Circulating area of Lumding Railway Station, Loco Colony and back to Officer’s Rest Home. The DRM, all officers and their family members, Union members, staff took part in the run.
A flag march was organised by the RPF in the Colony area at 7.30 AM. A pledge-taking ceremony was held at the DRM building at 11 am in which the DRM and other officers, union members and staff took part.
In Biswanath Chariali: A road march for national unity was conducted along the main roads of Biswanath Chariali town on Monday by the Assam Police, Central Armed Police Forces and the public. It started from Biswanath Chariali PS and ended at the traffic point. Several public organisations like AASU, AJYCP, AAMSU, Bengali Youth Federation etc., Assam Police, CRPF, Assam Rifles, VDP and SSB took part in the road march. Biswanath SP, Brajenjit Singha and other officials were present on the occasion.
In Majuli: The Majuli district administration organised a ‘Run for Unity’ programme to mark the National Unity Day on Monday. The programme began at 7.30 am in the Court field, Garamur, where the flag was hoisted by the DC of this island district, Pallav Gopal Jha. Besides the DC, the SP, CRPF battalions, some Government officers and more than 200 local people also participated in the rally.