In view of rising COVID-19 positive cases in Odisha, the state government has decided to celebrate muted Independence Day on 15th August. The steps have been taken as a safety measure to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. As the government is discouraging large gatherings, there will be no participation of the general public this time.

Following this, the state Home department has issued some guidelines and also has advised to the district SPs as well as collectors to strictly follow the guidelines during the I-Day celebration at panchayats, district headquarters, and blocks

As per the issued guidelines, this time, there will be no march past or parade. Besides, about 5o to 75 guests will be invited, including the COVID warriors. The authority will send e-invites to them. As per the report, around 15 to 20 COVID warriors (health and sanitation workers and doctors) will be invited.  

On the other hand, the chief guest will unfurl the National Flag. The Home Department will announce the list of chief guests. As per the guidelines, one or two police contingent will be allowed to participate in the Independence Day to offer compliments.

Wearing of face masks, social distancing norms, and all the other COVID-19 guidelines will have to be followed by the guests who will attain the function. The entire place will be sanitized properly. Besides, hand sanitizer will be made available at the entrance of the place.

On the other hand, the authority has given permission to organize tree plantations and online essay and quiz contests to mark the 74th Independence Day. However, they will have to follow all the issued guidelines.

Virtual I-Day

Students are allowed to participate in virtual cultural events. They will watch flag-hoisting from home. This year the country will witness a virtual I-Day celebration. As per the report, the I-Day celebration at the Red Fort is likely to consist of Prime Minister’s Speech, the National Anthem, a 21-gun salute, and the unfurling of the National Flag. Home Ministry also has recommended inviting COVID warriors as a recognition of their service in the ongoing fight.