Republic Day celebrations will start from January 23 instead of 24, PM Modi announced
New Delhi: Making a big announcement on the new year, the Modi government at the Center has decided to start the Republic Day celebrations from 23 January. Till now this function used to start from January 24. The decision has come in view of the inclusion of the birthday of the great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the Republic Day celebrations. Netaji was born on 23 January 1897.
Meanwhile, sources in the Defense Establishment said that this time 24 thousand people will be allowed to see it as compared to 25,000 people who attended the parade last year due to Corona. It includes spectators, country dignitaries, government officials, children, NCC cadets, ambassadors, senior bureaucrats and politicians. Out of these 24,000 seats, 5,200 seats are for the general audience, who can watch the parade by purchasing tickets. According to media reports, like last time, the national festival can be organized without any foreign chief guest. Last year, visitors would be made to sit 6 feet apart to ensure social distancing, and it would be mandatory for everyone to wear masks. The entire area will also be sanitized, and sanitizer dispensers are also expected to be installed near the seating area.
In such a situation, both doses of the vaccine have been made mandatory for all cultural participants and the armed forces personnel. Along with this, corona test of all of them will also be done. As per convention, only VVIPs will sit on the podium, which includes President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt. The Defense Ministry is expected to announce the details of the tableau and marching contingents participating in the parade on Monday.