In commemoration of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in keeping with his lofty mission of national integration and service towards the cause of the nation, Indian Railways observed Rashtriya Ekta Diwas with all Zonal railways marking special events on the occasion on October 31, 2019.
Minister of Railways and Commerce& Industry, Piyush Goyal paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on the occasion and administered the pledge of integrity to the officers and staff of Indian Railways. He also launched the commemorative programs on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas across Indian Railways this morning at New Delhi.
On the occasion, Goyal led the commemorative Run for Unity, which commenced from the precincts of Saloon Siding of New Delhi Station. Minister of State of Railways, Suresh C. Angadi, Chairman, Railway Board, Vinod Kumar Yadav, Board Members and Senior Railway Officers also participated in the run. Members of Voluntary organizations viz. Northern Railway Bharatiya Scouts and Guides Association, Railway Protection Force also enthusiastically participated in the run carrying placards on the theme of national unity.
Speaking on the occasion, Piyush Goyal said, “The country will always be grateful to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel who is known as “Iron Man” for his immense contribution towards the integration of the country. It would not have been possible to imagine the map of the country, if Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel had not taken the initiative to integrate the princely states. It would also have been difficult for the Indian Railways to cater to the country with several princely states as permits would have been required. Indian Railways is indebted to Sardar Patel for integrating the Nation. Sardar Patel laid the foundation of the ‘Cooperative Movement’ in the country which has benefited thousands of farmers directly. We should subscribe to the ideology and the thoughts of Sardar Patel further to keep our country united, safe and developed. “
Speaking on the occasion, Suresh C. Angadi said, ”Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel epitomized the strength of self-discipline and sense of purpose. He played an important role in integration of the country. We are indebted to Sardar Patel for his contribution to the Nation.”
Similar, “Run for Unity” programs was held by the General Managers of Zonal Railways at their respective headquarters offices and at stations.