Anti-Terrorism Day is being observed today. Every year it is observed throughout the country on 21st May. The day is marked by a pledge taking ceremony among other activities. Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh administered the pledge to the Officers and Staff of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions at Jalebi Chowk, North Block. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and the Minister of State for Home, Shri Kiren Rijiju were present on the occasion.
The objective behind the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day is to wean away the people from terrorism and violence. On the occasion, debates, discussions, symposia, seminars, lectures, etc. are held in schools, colleges and universities on the dangers of terrorism and violence.
The Day is observed to generate awareness in the country among all sections of people about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole.
Many NGOs, social and cultural organizations also organize their own programmes to highlight the ill effects of violence and terrorism. Anti-terrorism/anti-violence pledge is taken in all Government offices, public sector undertakings and other public institutions.