Along with the rest of the country, “Rashtryia Ekta Diwas” (National Unity Day) was observed across Nagaland on Monday, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who served as the first home minister of India after Independence.
Kohima: Nagaland police organised a short programme on “Rashtryia Ekta Diwas” in the conference hall of the PHQ.
According to Kohima police PRO, DGP Nagaland, T. John Longkumer stated that Rashtryia Ekta Diwas was introduced by the government of India to instil unity among the citizens of India while commemorating the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel on October 31.
“It is in recognition of the historical contribution of Sardar Vallahbhai Patel, the architect of national integration and the combined aspiration of the people of India to forge the dreams of a vibrant, prosperous and progressive nation”, Longkumer stated.
He pointed out that the police in India have contributed immensely towards various internal security challenges and were instrumental in maintaining unity in the country.
In this regard, he informed that in recognition of the galvanizing role played by the police, the government of India declared the period between October 21-31 as “police flag day”.
Earlier, the Rashtryia Ekta Diwas pledge was read out to reinvigorate the national unity of India.
On the occasion of National Unity Day, an exhibition-cum-sale of 1st annual painting competition of inmates of Nagaland jails was held iat Kohima District Jail, here, on Monday.
Addressing the gathering, director general of prisons, CD & HG and SDRF, Nagaland, Rupin Sharma said there were around 60 paintings out of which, some could attract buyers.
Rupin Sharma disclosed that similar exhibition would be organised in the other district jails in the days to come.
“We will make frames for the paintings and out of the listed prices all the profits will be given to the respective artists”, Sharma stated.
He observed that organising such events gave the chance for the department to improve the facilities e.g. the district jail chapel was repaired. In this regard, he thanked all the inmates and staff who helped out in the repair works.
Briefing on the purpose of the occasion, Rupin Sharma stated that Rashtriya Diwas was observed in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first home minister and deputy prime minister of free India.
He pointed out that Patel was responsible for uniting all the princely States in the country during the time of India’s independence.
Earlier the programme was chaired by superintendent of jail, District Jail Kohima, Hamtok Phom.
A song presentation was made by the inmates of the jail while vote of thanks was proposed by Sr RO (Plg), Prisons HQ, Kohima, C Lwngnyei Konyak.
Meanwhile, additional secretary for Youth Resources & Sports, Anthony Ngully flagged off “unity run” and culmination of Clean India Campaign 2.0 from the Second World War tank area to NSF office premises in Kohima.
According to a DIPR report, Anthony highlighted the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and administered the pledge of the National Unity Day.
The programme was conducted in collaboration with the department of Youth Resources and Sports, which was participated by NSS, NYKS and volunteers.
Marking National Unity Day, the participants also cleaned up the litter at WW-II tank surroundings.
Kiphire: The department of Youth Resources & Sports, Kiphire in collaboration with Kiphire district administration organised Unity Run at Government Middle School Longya Ward Kiphire town.
According to a DIPR report, officials from the department initiated the programme and students participated at the event. A short programme was also organised, wherein, teacher from the school highlighted about the day and briefed about the benefits of running.’
Niuland: Niuland district administration organised “run for unity” to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Niuland Town.
According to a DIPR report, SDO (C) Relise Sangtam briefed about the significance of the event. The unity run (DC office Niuland- GHSS Niuland) was participated by administrative staff, police personnel, dobashis, students and public leaders.
Dimapur: The 173Bn CRPF deployed at Airfield Dimapur celebrated “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas”.
In a press release, 173Bn CRPF stated that a “unity run” was organised at Unit HQ from Dimapur Airport-Diphupar PS and back.
The unity run was led by commandant 173Bn CRPF, Ashok Kumar Yadav which was participated by around 100 CRPF personnel including 50 students and 20 females.
Later “National Unity Day Pledge” was conducted at Unit Headquarter location.
Longleng: Longleng district administration organised unity run at Longleng. The programme was flagged off by deputy commissioner (DC) Longleng Dharam Raj.
According to a DIPR report, the unity run started from Lempong junction and culminated at Hukpang junction.
The participants included personnel from district administration, DEF Longleng, District Hospital, Longleng Town Council, Bautung GHSS, Lempong School, Christian High school, St. Joseph’s School and Good Shepherd School.