Bhubaneswar:11/8/20: In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Odisha Government has decided to keep the Independence Day celebration a low-key affair by not organising parade or march-past this year.
Besides, the participation of the general public will also be restricted during the I-Day celebration. Only a limited number of guests (around 50 to 75) may be invited to the celebration using e-invites. The guests should include around 15 to 20 Corona Warriors (doctors, health workers, and sanitation workers), said a letter written to all Collectors and SPs by the Home Department.
After a preparatory meeting chaired by Chief Secretary, the following guidelines have been issued for strict adherence during the I-Day celebration.
- After 9 AM, the National Flag shall be unfurled by the chief guest (to be intimated separately by Home Dept) followed by playing the National Anthem
- Only one / two police contingent to participate in the ceremony for offering compliments to the Chief Guest during the celebration
- There will be no parade/marchpast
- There will be no participation by the general public. Only limited number of guests (around 50 to 75) may be invited to the celebration, using e-invites, including 15 to 20 COVID warriors (including doctors, health workers, sanitation workers)
- It is imperative that social distancing norms and mask-wearing are to be followed strictly by those attending the function.
- The venue must be well sanitised and a hand sanitiser available at the entrance
- Tree plantations and online essay/quiz contests may be held to mark the occasion.
Similar guidelines/procedure may also be followed for the celebration of the Independence Day at block and Gram Panchayat levels, the letter reads.