The district administration has made it mandatory for everyone to wear a mask while entering Gopal Maidan in Bistupur, the venue for Republic Day on January 26. Moreover, students have been banned from any type of 'Prabhat Feri' as part of the celebrations.
Practice session of security personnel started for organizing the Republic Day main function under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar. The Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar said that the district level main function will be held at Gopal Maidan, Bistupur. He directed authorities to strictly follow the guidelines of Covid-19.
He said that all the people attending the ceremony will inevitably use masks and ensure compliance with social distancing. The Deputy Commissioner directed the concerned officers to make available sanitizers at the main gate of the Gopal Maidan and to keep the sanitizer at various places in the ground as well.
The Deputy Commissioner directed the use of the National Flag of Khadi cloth in the district level main function and all government offices.
All the contingents participating in the parade were instructed by Senior Superintendent of Police Dr. M. Tamil Vanan to attend the parade and rehearse the parade complying with the rules of Covid-19.
The parade of Republic Day celebrations will include 7 contingents this year, including 1 platoon JAP 6 , 1 platoon NCC, 1 platoon scout-guide, 3 platoon district police force and 1 platoon district home guard force.
The contingents of the parade will be rehearsed on 21, 22, 23 and 24 January. On January 24, the full dress rehearsal of the parade will be held at Gopal Maidan, which will be jointly supervised by Deputy Commissioner and Senior Reserve Superintendent.
DC said various sub-committees had been formed to discuss cultural programmes to be chalked out in connection with the Republic Day.
The city will be wrapped up in a multi-layered security chain on the eve of the Republic Day. Cadets of NCC, JAP, CRPF, RAF and district police would participate in the parade. The DC has also decided to felicitate all the participants in the parade.
Police will issue instructions to the general public against carrying any inflammable items, bags and other such things into the parade ground. Spectators would be subjected to police checking before gaining entry into the grounds.