Staff Correspondent

Nation celebrates 61st Republic Day with gaiety and enthusiasm; rich cultural heritage on display

DEHRA DUN: The Parade Ground here was witness to a marvellous show of unity and cultural diversity as the Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva reviewed the Republic Day Parade by military and para-military personnel, police and NCC cadets and colourful tableaux.

The Governor’s Exceptional Service medals went to DSP Rakesh Chandra Pant, DSP Dinesh Chandra Thapliyal and DSP Girish Chandra Bijlawan and Sub-Inspector Nathi Lal Uniyal.

The tableaux of the State Health Department, School Education, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development were adjudged the top five.

Talking to newspersons later, Ms. Alva said Uttarakhand was full of talent and natural resources waiting to be tapped judiciously. “You have to gear up to grab the opportunity and the world will be yours,” she told the youngsters.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank walked over to the enclosure for freedom fighters and honoured them with shawls: “We are proud of your efforts to make India strong and assure you that every Uttarakhandi will always stand up for the safety and security of the country.”

Nitish Govt. lauded

Patna: Noting that there has been a marked decline in criminal cases in Bihar, Governor Devanand Konwar on Tuesday lauded the Nitish Kumar Government for its efforts which made possible for the people to live in an atmosphere free from fear.

Unfurling the national tricolour on the 60th Republic Day at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan, Mr. Konwar said communal amity and peace prevailed in the State and there was marked decline in criminal cases, including kidnapping.

“It is a matter of great pride that the State Government is irrevocably committed to ensure development with justice for all and no communal or caste riots and carnages took place as a result,” he said.

There has been a marked decline in criminal cases, including those related to kidnapping and 41,445 people were convicted during 2006 and 2009, he said.

The State Government was also committed to uprooting corruption prevailing in the state and had filed chargesheets in 305 out of 320 corruption cases.

Steps have also been taken for ensuring confiscation of property of public servants who accumulate wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Referring to measures taken for ensuring the growth of the State, Mr. Konwar said its plan size had been increased to Rs. 16,000 crore during 2009-10 from Rs. 1471 crore in 2001-02.

Tight security

Bhopal: Republic Day was observed throughout Madhya Pradesh with gaiety and enthusiasm amid tight security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident.

The function was held at the Lal Parade Ground here where the State Governor Rameshwar Thakur unfurled the National Flag and took the salute at an impressive march past by various forces.

Tableaux depicting development in various fields in the State were exhibited on the occasion.

In his speech, the Governor listed the development works implemented by the State in various fields and said that Madhya Pradesh had made immense progress in taking care of the needs of all sections of the society.

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan hoisted the national flag at Rewa.

Policemen honoured

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh marked the nation’s 61st Republic Day on Tuesday with an impressive march past in front of the State Assembly and saw a number of police personnel being honoured for meritorious services.

The main function was held at the Vidhan Sabha Marg where Governor B.L. Joshi hoisted the national flag and took the salute at the impressive march past. Chief Minister Mayawati was also present at the function.

Different wings of Uttar Pradesh police, home guards, contingents of the Armed Constabulary and National Cadet Corps (NCC) participated in the parade. A number of police personnel were honoured during the main function for their meritorious services.

Children from several schools also took part in the parade. Students presented lively dances and showcased tableaux highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the State.

Government offices and private establishments in various parts of Lucknow were decorated on the occasion.

Security arrangements were elaborate. “A huge police force has been deployed at all important government and private institutes of the city. Three ASP (additional superintendent of police) rank officials, nine circle officers, 120 sub-inspectors, 482 constables, 57 head constables and 30 women constables have been deployed at various places,” said ASP (East) Harish Kumar.

‘Shun violence’

Ranchi: The solution to the Maoist menace lies in providing responsive and accountable administration, implementation of welfare schemes and bringing the alienated youth back to the mainstream, Jharkhand Governor M.O.H. Farooq said on Tuesday.

“I call upon all alienated youth to give up violence, join the mainstream and contribute to the development of the State ... Violence can never be the solution to any problem,” he said in his Republic Day message.

“My government will implement development programmes in an appropriate manner to meet the aspirations of the people, to bring qualitative improvement in their standard of living and to put an end to the naxal problem,” he said.

Unfurling the national tricolour at Dumka, State Chief Minister Shibu Soren said the Maoist menace is a stumbling block in the State’s development.

“Shun the path of violence and join the mainstream,” Mr. Soren said appealing to the Maoists.

“Our endeavour is to provide a fearless and prosperous Jharkhand,” he said, adding the government is identifying and listing all vacancies so that it could give one lakh jobs as promised after he took over the reins last month.

Mr. Soren said his government was also keen to put Jharkhand in the sporting map of the country and for this modern infrastructure was being built.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)