The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued instructions to States and Union Territories for the observance of silence on the Martyrs’ Day.
In the letter to the Chief Secretaries, Administrators of all State Governments, Union Territory Administrations, the Union Home Ministry said that on January 30, every year, two minutes’ silence is observed at 11 AM throughout the country, in the memory of those who sacrificed their lives during the struggle for India’s freedom.
While giving instructions, the MHA said: “Silence should be observed and work and movement stopped for two minutes throughout the country at 11 AM on January 30. Wherever feasible, the commencement and termination of the two minutes’ silence period should be indicated by the sound of a siren or Army guns.”
“Sirens should be sounded from 10.59 hours till 11.00 hours 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,” read the letter.
At places, where no signal systems are available, the Home Ministry asked States and Union Territories to give suitable instructions to all concerned for observing the silence for two minutes at 11 AM.