New Delhi: The Modi government at the Centre has decided to start the Republic Day celebrations from January 23, making a big announcement on The New Year. This ceremony used to start from January 24 so far. The decision comes in the wake of the inclusion of the birthday of the country's great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the Republic Day celebrations. Netaji was born on January 23, 1897.
Meanwhile, defence establishment sources said that 24,000 people will be allowed to watch it this time as compared to 25,000 who participated in the parade last year due to corona. It includes audiences, country dignitaries, government officials, children, NCC cadets, ambassadors, senior bureaucrats and politicians. Out of these 24,000 seats, 5,200 seats are for the general audience, who can buy tickets and watch the parade. According to media reports, as last time, the national festival can be held without the presence of a foreign chief guest. Last year, visitors will be made to sit at a distance of 6 feet to ensure social disting, and wearing masks will be mandatory for all. The entire area will also be sanitized, and sanitizer dispensers are also expected to be installed near the seating area.
In such a case, both doses of the vaccine have been made mandatory for all cultural participants and armed forces personnel. Also, all of them will also be tested for corona. According to tradition, only VVIP will sit on the podium, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt. There are possibilities that the Defence Ministry will announce information about tableau and marching contingents participating in the parade on Monday.