Express message service
CHENNAI: Covid affects many things and the upcoming Independence Day celebrations are no exception. Although the day is celebrated with grandeur, happiness and enthusiasm, a large gathering is not allowed in the face of the Covid pandemic. “There will be no public meeting.
Invitees from different parts of society will also be limited, ”a senior official told Express, adding that the state government will adhere to the centre’s guidelines for Independence Day celebrations. There is usually a large gathering in front of Fort St George and the event usually lasts around 90 minutes.
In Chennai there is a ceremony after 9 a.m. It consists of the deployment of the national flag by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami; Playing the national anthem; Presentation of the honor guard by the police, including paramilitary forces, homeland security, NCC, boy scouts, etc .; Speech of the Prime Minister; and singing the national anthem. Similar programs are also organized at the district, sub-district, block, Panchayat and large village level.
In the state capital, in the district and at all levels of the state, Covid-19 warriors such as doctors, health workers, plumbing workers, etc. would be invited to the ceremony in recognition of their noble service in the fight against the pandemic. Some people who had been cured of a Covid-19 infection would also be invited.
The performance of police / military bands is recorded in locations of historical importance related to the independence movement; and recorded versions of it are displayed on large screens / digital media, at public events and on social media. It is imperative that the norms of social distancing, wearing of masks, etc. are followed.
The holding of the “home” reception in Raj Bhawan by the governor on Independence Day is at the discretion of the governor. If a reception is organized at home, Covid-19 warriors such as doctors, health workers, plumbing workers and people cured from corona infection would also be invited.
Other functions of the day can include activities such as planting trees; inter-school / inter-university debates on digital platforms; Online quiz competitions / patriotic essay and poetry competitions; Launch of any major program, thematic webinars; Online NSS and NYKS campaigns on patriotic issues or any other activity appropriate to the occasion may take place.