A rich tableaux of floats depicting the various welfare measures and schemes of the DMK regime and pageantry marked the patriotic fervour filled 73rd Republic Day Celebrations in Tamil Nadu today. It was a muted cell with the ebrations the government not allowing cultural programmes by school and students in view and college students of the corona pandemic.
Normally every year freedom fighters, general p students college stude public school and would participate in the R-Day fete. Taking into account the prevailing unusual situa count the tion arising out of the corona pandemic, cultural events over by school and college students were avoided this year. Also taking into account the age factor and to prevent spread of coronavirus, district collectors honoured the freedom fighters at their respective houses by presenting shawls.
The government has arranged live telecast of the R-Day celebrations in TV and AIR as the public, and college students and school and senior citizens were advised not to throng the beach front to witness the event. At a colourful function in front of the tastefully decorated Gandhi Statue at Marina Beach front, Governor R N Ravi unfurled the National Flag for the first time and took the salute at the ceremonial march past.
Chief Minister M K Stalin presented the Anna Medals for Gallantry and the Gandhi Adigal Police Medals to police personnel. After the customary introduction of the officials of the Army, Navy, IAF Coast Guard Guard and and Police department, the Governor unfu unfurled the National Tricolour. It was followed by a Coast Guard helicopter showering petals on the function venue.
The Governor took the salute at the ceremonial march past in which continents of the Army, Navy and contingents Air Force, Coast Guard, Central Reserve Police Force, CISF, Railway Protection Force, Chennai City Police, Mounted Police, Tamil Nadu Commando Force (men and women), Coastal Security Group, Tamil Nadu Fire Service, Home Guard, NCC, Bharat Scouts and ex-servicemen participated.