Martyrs’ Day | Odisha Govt Instructs To Observe 2-Min Silence On Jan 30


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has instructed all the departments to observe two minutes’ silence on January 30, Martyrs’ day, in memory of those who sacrificed their lives during the struggle for India’s freedom.

In compliance with the directions of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the State Home Department has asked all departments, Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, and District Magistrates & Collectors to take steps to ensure observance of two-minute silence at 11 am on January 30 as per guidelines with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety norms.

Following are the standing instructions laid down by the ministry for observance of two-minute silence on Martyrs’ Day.

  • Silence should be observed and work and movement stopped for two minutes throughout the Country at 11.00 am.
  • Wherever feasible, the commencement and termination of the two minutes’ silence period should be indicated by sound of siren or Army guns. To indicate the commencement of the two minutes’ silence, sirens should be sounded from 10:59 hrs till 11:00 hrs and after two minutes, all clear sirens should again be sounded from 11:02 hours till 11:03 hours. This procedure may be adopted where sirens exist.
  • On hearing the signal (wherever available), all persons would stand up and observe the silence.
  • At places where no signal systems are available, suitable instructions can be issued to all concerned for observing the silence for two minutes at 11.00 am.

“In the past, it has been observed that while two minutes’ silence is observed in some offices, the general public goes about its occupation in the ordinary course, unmindful of the solemnity of the occasion. The State/Union territories governments are requested to ensure that the Martyrs’ Day is observed with due solemnity,” the ministry said in the letter.

“State/Union territories governments may issue instructions to all educational institutions and public sector enterprises under their control for observance of the Martyrs’ Day, accordingly. Talks, speeches on freedom struggle, national integration may be organised in hybrid mode,” the letter further added.

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