The nation is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day today. The main function was held in New Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the tri-colour and addressed the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Independence Day is being celebrated across the state with patriotic fervor and gaiety.
In Jammu region the main function was held at Mini-stadium Parade Ground in the winter capital city of Jammu where Advisor to J&K Governor B B Vyas hoisted the Tricolor and take salute of the march past.
Speaking on the occasion Vyas reiterated that peace is prerequisite for progress and lauded the role of security forces for the efforts in restoring normalcy in the state.
Vyas stressed on channelizing the youth energy of the state in constructive and nation-building activities and highlighted the measures taken by the government for the development of youth and women empowerment.
The advisor also emphasized the strengthening of democratic institutions at root level said that state government is going to conduct Panchayat and Local Body elections in the state.
A scintillating cultural bonanza, featuring patriotic and culture themes besides message against the social evils was also presented by the children drawn from various schools of the city and its peripheries.
In Sikkim, the people celebrated 72nd Independence Day in grand manner. The Medals and state Meritorious Service Awards have also been conferred during a state level function in Gangtok today.
The Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling unfurled the National tricolour at Palzor Stadium and took salute of jawans from Sikkim police and other paramilitary forces on the occasion. He also reiterated his government commitment to eliminate Tuberculosis by the year 2022.
Mr. Chamling on the occasion said that state has adopted Positive and pro-poor initiatives to cover the weaker section with more focus on the marginalised people.
Along with the rest of the nation Arunachal Pradesh also celebrated the Independence Day. Unfurling the flag, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that his government has worked with the spirit of ‘Team Arunachal’ where every effort has been made to involve everyone. He said in a span of two years, his government took more than 320 decisions.
In Orissa, all the Ministers of the State hoisted National flag in different districts on the occasion of Independence Day. In view of prediction of heavy rain and thundershower over most places of state the contingent of parade was limited within Police and Para-military forces.
The Ministers have described the development and welfare majors taken by the State government in their speeches.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unfurling tri-colour at Gandhi Maidan in Patna said the government will not compromise with corruption and law and order. He said his government is committed to rule of law.
Addressing the gathering the Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Devendra Kumar Joshi said in Port Blair that in the recent years the Islands have made rapid progress towards creation of basic infrastructure facilities and economic and social development.
He said, major developmental project will be executed with the co-operation of Niti Aayog in the sectors like tourism.
The Lt. Governor said that to improve connectivity the work for laying under sea cable has been awarded and is expected to be completed in twenty-four months time.
Punjab, Haryana and their joint capital Chandigarh today celebrated the Independence Day amid tight security arrangements.
Patriotic fervour and gaiety marked the occasion across the two states and the Union territory as flag hoisting ceremonies were held at district headquarters, educational institutes and other places.
Freedom fighters, who played a vital role in the struggle for independence, were remembered on the occasion.
In Assam, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal unfurled the tri-colour at Khanapara in Guwahati. In his speech, the Chief Minister said that government is committed to ensure that no genuine citizens is left out from the NRC. He said that government is also keeping eye that no illegal citizens is included in the NRC list.
The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to 55 thousand state government employees for their dedication for the NRC updation process. Mr. Sonowal hoped that Indo- Bangladesh border to be sealed soon. He said fight against corruption would be continued in Assam.
Independence day celebrated with much fanfare in Himachal Pradesh. The state level function was held at Indora in Kangra district where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unfurled national flag and took salute of the parade.
In Uttar Pradesh, On Independence day Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath appealed to the people of state to join the Prime Minister’s new India mission. A huge plantation drive is on in State in which over 9 crore sapling will be planted today.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh unfurled the national flag at Raipur and said, with the support of the Central Government, the decisive battle against Naxalism in Chhattisgarh is continuing to be a success.
Chief Minister said that the government has taken all possible measures to increase the number of security forces, quality and firepower.
In Nagaland main celebration of Independence Day was held at Secretariat Plaza in Kohima with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio unfurling the tri-colour and taking salute from 24 marching contingents.
The major attraction of the celebration was the participation of 9th IRB Mahila Battalion Manipur Police and dance display by Nagaland Adolescent Girls Club, besides cultural performance by different Naga tribes.
In his address, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said India has emerged as a vibrant republic and is among the fastest growing economies of the world. Rio said that with Indian economy blooming, Nagaland can be equal and proud partner in India’s growth story.
He emphasized on the need to have lasting peace and conducive environment for investors without compromising on the history, customs and culture of the Nagas.
Independence Day is being celebrated across Goa today. At the main state-level function held in Panaji this morning, speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Pramod Sawant unfurled the national flag, took the salute and reviewed the parade.
He was the chief guest at the programme in the absence of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently in the US for a health check-up.
Addressing the people of Goa on behalf of Mr Parrikar, Mr Sawant said, Goa is leaping ahead under the visionary guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said, several infrastructure projects including bridges, highways and airport are currently being implemented in Goa. He added that the state government’s recently launched IT policy intends to make Goa an IT hub.
Mr Sawant said that Goa government is focused on self employment in many areas including IT, agriculture and start-ups. He urged citizens to make plastic free and said a clean Goa is the dream of the state government.
Minister of state (independent charge) for Ayush Shripad Naik and Goa housing minister Jayesh Salgaonkar were also present at the occasion. In a recorded message, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for the state’s progress.
Mr Parrikar thanked the central government for its financial assistance in launching several infrastructure projects including the bridges over the Mandovi and Zuari rivers; national highway projects; and the Mopa airport.
In Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today unfurled national flag at district town Surendranagar in state-level ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rupani announced that Vanod village in Surendranagar district will get a new industrial estate over 350-hectare land.
He said the new industrial estate will benefit entire Gujarat.
The CM said that fourth phase of Gujarat government’s ‘Seva Setu’ drive will begin on August 24 in which government officials will visit clusters of villages to solve the pending issues of people.
He further announced that the government will release 85 prisoners who are in jails.