Gujarat Governor Shri O. P. Kohli today unfurled the National Flag at the 68th Republic Day’s state-level function at the Shastri Maidan at Vallabh Vidyanagar in Anand, amidst an air of festivity watched by thousands assembled there from nearby places.
The Governor and CM Shri Vijay Rupani saluted the tricolour and watched the colourful march-past to the patriotic tunes of police bands. They felicitated freedom fighters with shawls and presented trophies to the winners of march-past, tableaus and acrobatic shows.
They also felicitated Shri Gunwantsinh Rathod for ‘best performance’ for staging the state-level Independence Day, Republic Day and Gujarat’s Foundation Day functions for the last 15 years.
The R-Day parade was held in Anand this year as part of the Gujarat Government’s policy of decentralization of administration to hold the three major state-level functions of Independence Day, Republic Day and Gujarat’s Foundation Day at different district headquarters by rotation as was initiated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi when he was the Chief Minister here.
The highlights of the function were Air Force helicopters showering flowers from the sky, government’s different departments and statutory organizations presenting 33 tastefully decorated tableaus depicting the state’s development, physical training exercises by local school children, police men and women motorcycle circus, dog show.
The first, second and third prizes in the march-past were won by SRP Band Platoon, Police Horse Squad and NCC respectively. The first, second and third prizes in tableau section were won by Industries & Mines Department, Amul Dairy and WASMO respectively. The trophy for the best bikers was won by Anita Solanki among women and Altaf Chauhan among men.
Among 33 tableaux, Industry & Mines Department’s tableaux ranked first that was on craft village theme. Amul tableau show cased about digital milk co-operative society ranked second and Wasmo show cased tableau about potable water management and ranked third. Governor Shri O. P. Kohli and CM Shri Rupani awarded trophy and cash prize to winners.
During flag salutation programme, school children performed Surya Namskar and Yoga. Youth artists performed cultural programmes show casing the tradition of Gujarat.
Those present on the occasion included MP Shri Dilipbhai Patel and Shri Lalsinh Vadodia, MLA Shri Sanjaybhai Patel, Chief Secretary Dr. J. N. Singh, Director-General of Police Shri P. P. Pandey, Additional Chief Secretary for GAD Shri L. Chuaungo, Additional Chief Secretary for Home Shri M. S. Dagur, Cultural Secretary Shri V. P. Patel, Chief Minister’s OSD Shri Bhagyesh Jha, District In-charge Secretary Shri C. V. Som, Director of Information Shri A. J. Shah, Collector Shri Dhaval Patel, DDO Shri M. D. Dodia, senior bureaucrats and police officers, office-bearers, prominent citizens and students.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat