New Delhi:The Union Home Ministry will announce the first National Unity Award on the birth anniversary of India's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31.The Governmenthad instituted the 'Sardar Patel National Unity Award' for outstanding contribution by an individual, group or institution for the unity and integrity of India, the Home Ministry said here in September.
The Home Ministry instituted this award in the line of the Padma Award for National Unity.
The award shall be conferred by the President with a citation presented by him in a presentation ceremony along with the Padma award ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhawan, a Gazette notification on September 20 said.
This decoration would consist of a medal and a citation. No monetary grant or cash award would be attached to this Award."Not more than three Awards would be given in a year. It would not be conferred posthumously except in very rare and highly deserving cases," the notification further said.(UNI)