National Unity Day gives us a message of Unity despite our differences: CM
IMPHAL: The Manipur government on Saturday observed Rastriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day to commemorate the 145th Birth Anniversary of Late Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India, at 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles Parade Ground.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who was the chief guest narrated the history of Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel popularly known as Sardar Patel who was an Indian great politician, served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was an Indian barrister and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress played a leading role in the country’s struggle for Independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation.
During his speech CM N. Biren pointed out three points Unity, Integrity and Security which the citizens must abide by and follow. He added that we should have the quality of being honest and bear strong moral principles.
Biren Singh recalled that Sadar Patel was one of the greatest freedom fighters who had participated in various freedom struggles against the oppressive rule of the British. As a national leader, he took part in many freedom struggle movement like Peasant Movement, Civil Disobedience Movement, Quit India Movement among others under the Gandhian Principle, he added.
He further stated that Sadar Patel served as Deputy Prime Minister after Indian Independence and took a great role in providing relief and rehabilitation to refugees. He is still known as Patron Saint of India’s Civil Servant for introducing Modern All India Services System. Apart from this, the leader played a major role in unifying the then British Provinces and more than 500 Independent Princely States, under the Indian Independence Act, 1947, making the country a strong Nation and a United India.
Chief Minister maintained that the observance of National Unity Day gives a message to everyone that despite differences in cultures and traditions amongst various inhabitants of the country, we can build a strong nation defending our unity, integrity and security by following the path of our great leaders. He added that the State Government had been taking up certain steps to bridge the gap between hill and valley regions and move forward to bring inclusive development in the State.
Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, N. Biren Singh said that his Government is still taking up many developmental works despite certain hindrances faced due to the pandemic. The State Government had been coordinating with various Civil Society Organisations to contain the spread of the pandemic. In this regard, a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued soon. He appealed to the public to strictly comply with the SOP as prevention from the pandemic depends much on the commitment of each individual to fight the deadly virus successfully.
As a part of the observance, the Chief Minister led the Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, top civil, police officers and others, who took part in the observation, in administering the National Unity pledge.