Odisha on Wednesday joined the rest of the country to celebrate the 73rd Republic Day with pride and honour. Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal unfurled the national flag at the state level function at Mahatma Gandhi Marg here in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik amid strict covid protocols and tight security.

As many as 25 platoons of police force and 70 senior Police officers were deployed for the smooth conduct of the Republic Day celebration. For the first time, the BSF personnel participated in the state-level parade this year.

Five level security arrangement was made at the M G Marg, the venue of the state-level function and 62 CCTV were in stalled, bomb diffusing squad, sharpshooters and Quick Response Team were deployed and all roads leading to the M G Marg were sealed for security reasons. Students, NGOs were not allowed to participate in the parade. Only ten platoons of security personnel belonging to 120 T A Battalion, CRPF, BSF, RPF, IR, OSAP, SS Battalion, SOG,Odisha Rapid Action Force, OISF, ODRAF, Fire Service, State Police brand party and Fire service band party participated in the parade observing all covid protocols. Common people were barred from attending the function.

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Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena on Tuesday in an order allowed the celebrations of Republic Day with the participation of maximum 10 people in public places and clubs and not more than five people at homes to unfurl the tricolour ob serving all covid guidelines.

The Republic Day celebration was also celebrated in all the district headquarters of the state. While various Ministers unfurled the national flag in 201 districts IN the state, RDCs unfurled the National Flag in three places-Berham pur, Rourkela and Khordha and the District Collectors unfurled the national flag in Bolangir, Bhadrak, Boudh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Jajpur, Jharsuguda and Kalahandi. Major buildings of the state government including the Lok Seval Bhawan, the Police Commissioner’s office, Rabindra Mandap, Kharvela Bhawan, Krishi Bhawan were decorated with colourful lights to celebrate Republic Day.

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