Govt issues guidelines regarding celebration of I-Day on 15th August amidst COVID-19

Government has issued detailed guidelines regarding celebration of Independence Day on 15th August amidst COVID-19.

In a letter written to the Chief Secretaries of all states and union territories, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has informed that the Independence Day celebrations should be held in a way befitting the occasion.

However, in its clear direction to the States, District and Panchayat authorities, MHA has instructed not to allow large congregations keeping in mind mandatory physical distancing norms.

It said, digital technology should be used to maximise people participation.

AIR correspondent reports, following the precautionary steps as suggested by the Home Ministry Guidelines, Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort this year, will consist of the Prime Minister’s speech, Guard of honour, unfurling of national flag, national anthem and release of tricolour balloons.

The guidelines also suggest inviting COVID warriors such as doctors, health workers, sanitation workers as a recognition of their service in fight against the pandemic.

Government has also urged the State and District authorities to maximise the outreach of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Campaign and present programmes and activities based on the theme of self reliance.