Mangaluru, Oct 31, 2016: The Mangaluru Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax Commissionerates organized a `Run for Unity’ for the first time in city on Monday, October 31.
The government observes 31st October as National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) to foster and reinforce our dedication to preserve and strengthen unity, integrity and security of our nation. This day also commemorates the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India.
Speaking on the occasion, M. Chandra Shekar, Mangaluru City Police Commissioner stated that this was an opportunity to demonstrate our strength in building national unity and impressed upon everyone to follow the principle of ’all for one and one for all’.
Dr. M. Subramanyam, Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax highlighted the importance of National Unity Day for a pluralistic country like India whose essence is “unity in diversity”. The Commissioner administered the “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” pledge to all the participants.
The run for unity was flagged off by the Police Commissioner. More than 200 participants from various offices of the Central Board of Excise and Customs and their families, students of Mangala Atheletics Club, members of the Customs Brokers and others representing the cross-sections of society of Mangaluru joined in the Unity Run.