Odisha celebrates Republic Day

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 26 (PTI) The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated across Odisha on Tuesday with Governor Ganeshi Lal unfurling the tricolour at the Mahatma Gandhi Road here.

The main function here and also in districts were held amidst amidst tight security and with strict adherence of the COVID-19 guidelines.

Limited public attendance was allowed in the functions.

Lal unfurled the tri-colour at the main function at the majestic Mahatma Gandhi Road here, which was also attended by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

At the official programme here there was no parade by students and NCC cadets.

The governor in a message said: 'The year that passed will be recorded in the history of human civilization as one of the most difficult, uncertain and trying times for humanity, imparting human lives in an unprecedented manner.

The scars of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is now perceptible in the way we now live. Social distancing, hand washing, mask wearing are now the new normal.' However, Lal said the new year has begun with new hopes and optimism with vaccines now available for mass vaccination as a promising antidote against the virus.

He said the state government created livelihood opportunities to provide gainful livelihood options to the migrants and other workers and to keep the economy going. 'Let us rededicate ourselves to work for the development of our state and its people,' the governor said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a message said: 'Let us reaffirm our pledge to uphold the ideals enshrined in our Constitution on this Republic Day and work for a strong Odisha.' The state-level parade participated only by police contingents was led by a woman IPS officer Susree. The 25- year-old Susree, the SDPO of Kesinga was named as parade commander on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, by DGP Abhay.

Republic Day was also celebrated at Swabhimaan Anchal in Malkangiri district, which was once a Maoist stronghold.

The tricolour was unfurled at all BSF Company operation Base (COB) of Swabhimaan Anchal. Local population including school children from Gurasetu, Jodambo and other interior villages participated in the event. PTI AAM RG RG