The district-level Republic Day function was celebrated with gaiety and patriotic fervour at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today. On this occasion, Punjab Social Security, Women & Child Development Minister Mrs Aruna Chaudhary was the chief guest on the occasion who unfurled the National Flag, inspected the guard of honour and also took salute from the parade.
On this occasion, Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal and Commissioner of Police Mr Rakesh Kumar Agrawal were also present. The march past was led by ACP (Headquarters) Mr Manoj Gorsi.
While speaking on the occasion, Mrs Aruna Chaudhary remembered contribution of Dr BR Ambedkar towards the Constitution of India, due to which all countrymen are treated equal. She said that Constitution of India is a charter of rights and duties of fellow countrymen and also called upon the people to follow the constitution while fulfilling their duties towards our country, which would be the real tribute to our freedom fighters. She also appreciated the efforts of our armed forces for their service towards our nation.
She also urged the Punjabis to contribute for overall development of the state because development of any state or region is not possible without the active support and contribution of its residents.
Congratulating the audience on this occasion in his speech, Mrs Aruna Chaudhary remembered the sacrifices made by freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the independence of the country. She called upon the people especially the youth to contribute towards the progress of the nation and the state.
She reiterated that the Capt Amarinder Singh led Congress Government in the state would leave no stone unturned to restore the glory of the state and the government is committed to bringing Punjab back on the path of development. She also said that government is continuously taking steps to revive the industries back in Punjab to create the job opportunities for the youths.
She said that special emphasis is being given towards education, healthcare and basic infrastructure in the state. The chief guest also honoured the families of the freedom fighters along with the achievers from different fields. She also distributed tricycles and sewing machines to needy persons. Later, Impressed by the function, she also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for the participants of the function. And announced holiday for the participating students on January 27, 2020.
It is pertinent to mention that more than 2,200 students from different schools performed in cultural and other activities during today’s function. The cultural items such as Giddha, Bhangra and other items were well received by the audience. Besides, a total of 22 tableaus of different departments displayed their achievements in the city.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included MLAs Mr Surinder Dawar, Mr Kuldeep Singh Vaid and Mr Sanjay Talwar, Mayor Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, District Planning Board Chairman Mr Malkit Singh Dakha, Mrs Aruna Chaudhary’s son Mr Abhinav Chaudhary, District & Sessions Judge Mr Gurbir Singh, Senior Deputy Mayor Mr Sham Sunder Malhotra, Deputy Mayor Mrs Sarabjit Kaur, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Mr Raman Balasubramaniam, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Bindra, Mr Yadwinder Singh Jandiali and Mr Mohd Gulab (all chairmen), MC Commissioner Mrs Kanwal Preet Kaur Brar, Deputy Commissioners of Police Mr Ashwani Kapoor, Mr Akhil Chaudhary and Mr Sukhpal Singh Brar, ADC (Development) Mrs Amrit Singh, ADC (General) Mr Iqbal Singh Sandhu, ADC Jagraon Mrs Neeru Katyal Gupta, besides several others.
BOX: TRAFFIC MARSHALS SCHEME LAUNCHED:
On this occasion, Mrs Aruna Chaudhary also launched the traffic marshals scheme, which has been an initiative of Traffic Police Ludhiana. This scheme has been formulated under the supervision of Commissioner of Police Mr Rakesh Kumar Agrawal, DCP (Traffic) Mr Sukhpal Singh Brar and other officials of Police Commissionerate Ludhiana and is basically aimed at regulating traffic in the city in an effective manner and bring down casualties due to accidents.
Under this scheme, more than 300 marshals have been chosen, who would regulate the flow of traffic in different parts of the city. Mr Rakesh Kumar Agrawal informed that soon, around 200 more such traffic marshals would also be deputed in the city.