Modi announces National Unity Award at the Statue of Unity

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On the pattern of Padma Awards, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced the institution of a new award for National Unity.This annual national award draws its inspiration from the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in unification of 562 princely states into a country, India and hence, would be awarded to any Indian citizen who has in any manner contributed towards national unity.

Along with this announcement, the Prime Minister also released a special issue of the Indian Police Journal published by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D). A commemorative postal stamp on the National Police Memorial was released by the Prime Minister at the Annual Conference of Director Generals of Police and Inspector Generals of Police.

The first conference of Inspector Generals of Police was inaugurated by Sardar Patel as the first home minister of the country in Delhi in 1948. This is why, the theme of this year’s conference was Sardar Patel’s message of national unity.

A website of the Cyber Coordination Centre was also launched at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat, near the Statue of Unity. This website would act like a one-stop shop for all cyber related issues while the centre would act as bridge between the private cyber security professionals and the law enforcement agencies.

Every year on National Unity Day (October 31) which is also the birthday of Sardar Patel, the prime minister suggested that police forces of about three to four states should come together and organize a national level parade near the Statue of Unity.

The police forces were lauded by the prime minister for their tireless efforts in maintaining internal security of the country. Modi suggested all the DGPs to be more imaginative and advised them to reach out to the remotest corner and section of the country by means of technology. He also emphasized on the misuse of social media by anti-national forces that is creating a sense of mass unrest in the youth of the country. A large number of issues like criminal justice system, terrorism, left wing extremism and bridging the gap between the police and public were also discussed at the conference.

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