Chandigarh: With no march previous, cultural programmes by college youngsters or an ‘at house’ gathering at UT administrator VPS Badnore’s residence, Independence Day celebrations will likely be low-key this yr due to the spurt in Covid-19 instances within the metropolis.
Solely 50 folks will likely be a part of the operate, it has been learnt.
Based on house ministry tips, no youngsters or senior residents will likely be allowed to attend the occasions. Consequently, the custom of cultural programmes by schoolchildren will likely be discontinued.
Additionally, as an alternative of inviting freedom fighters to the Parade Floor, UT officers will go to their properties to current them shawls.
Ceremonies to be noticed are unfurling of the Nationwide Flag, guard of honour, singing of the Nationwide Anthem, and speech by Badnore, mentioned a senior UT official.
The administration, which had earlier determined to honour Covid-19 warriors on the official occasion, has now modified plans though names of such folks had been sought from heads of departments (HODs).
Solely 5 to 6 individuals will likely be handed over certificates of appreciation whereas the remaining will likely be given medals and certificates by their HoDs at their places of work.
Preventive measures similar to social distancing will likely be strictly adopted throughout the ceremonies the place massive congregations is not going to be allowed.