Delhi government’s 74th Independence Day celebrations will be a low-key affair this year

The government of the AAP has agreed to invite ‘corona warriors,’ including a doctor, nurse and plasma donor, to stage their Independence Day celebration.

Independence Day is always celebrated on August 15th in India. It is the National Day of India. This national holiday goes back to 1947 when India became a independent country.

The Independance Day celebration this year would be a low-key affair amid COVID-19 crisis and the invitee number is expected to be much smaller which includes cabinet ministers, all city MPs, MLAs and top bureaucrats.

The government of the AAP has agreed to invite ‘corona warriors,’ including a doctor, nurse and plasma donor, to stage their Independence Day celebration.

The event is relocated from the Chhatrasal Stadium to the Delhi Secretariat, owing to the Coronairus pandemic.

Delhi’s Labour Minister Gopal Rai, who also heads the department of general administration, informed during this year’s Independance Day event there would be no cultural programs.

“We will invite limited number of guests for the August 15 event due to coronavirus. ‘Corona Warriors’, including a doctor, nurse, a police personal, sanitation worker, ambulance driver and plasma donor, will be invited as a mark of respect for their contributions to the fight against COVID-19,” Gopal Rai stated to PTI.

“During Independence Day celebrations, anti-COVID-19 measures such as social distancing will strictly be followed,” Gopal Rai added.

“The ceremony at Red Fort will consist of the presentation of a Guard of Honour by the Armed Forces and the Delhi Police to the Prime Minister, unfurling of the National Flag accompanied by playing of the National Anthem and firing of 21-gun salute, speech by the Prime Minister, singing of the National Anthem immediately after the PM’s speech, and release of tri-coloured balloons at the end (sic),” the Ministry of Home Affairs suggested in a consultation sent to all States and territories of the Country.

All guidelines provided by the Government must be adopted by States and Union Territories during the organization of different programs or events on 15 August, such as the maintenance of social distances, wearing masks, proper hygiene, security of vulnerable persons.

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