Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram administered the National Integration Pledge to the officers and staff of the Ministry of Home Affairs in connection with the ‘Quami Ekta Week’ today.
The week is observed every year from November 19 to 25 to foster the spirit of patriotism, communal harmony and national integration.
Several programmes, with a specific theme on each of the seven days, will be held during the week.
Meetings, symposia, seminars, special literary functions, cultural functions and programmes to highlight themes under focus would mark the observance of Qaumi Ekta Week.
The week would begin with national integration pledge. National integration, welfare of minorities, linguistic harmony, weaker sections, cultural unity, women’s issues and conservation are the themes for the week. Activities related to a specific theme would be under focus on each day.
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (HFCH), an autonomous organisation with Ministry of Home Affairs also organises Communal Harmony Campaign during the week.
This occasion provides us an opportunity to reaffirm India’s age-old traditions and faith in the values of tolerance, co-existence and brotherhood in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society. – ANI