Imphal: Manipur celebrated the 73rd Republic Day across the state with festivities and patriotic fervor joining the nation-wide celebration.
The state level celebration was held at Kangla with governor of Manipur La. Ganesan unfurled the national flag and taking salute from different march-past contingents.
The celebration began with the governor inspecting the Guard of Honour accorded by a contingent of 6th Battalion Manipur Rifles (MR) commanded by Deputy Commandant of 2nd Battalion Manipur Rifles N. Suraj Singh.
Ganesan unfurled the national Tricolour flag amidst playing of the National Anthem. He took salute from 21 march-past contingents including four band contingents commanded by Commandant of 9th Indian Reserve (Mahila) Battalion Kh. Sarma Devi.
The march-past contingents were from Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), CRPF Band, 5th Battalion Manipur Rifles, 6th Battalion Manipur Rifles, Combined Civil Police (Male) Imphal East and Imphal West, Combined 2nd MR and 2nd IRB Band, Combined Commando Contingents (Thoubal, Kakching and Bishnupur), 9th Indian Reserve Mahila Battalion, Combined Civil Police Female (Imphal East and Imphal West), 9th IRB Mahila Band, Home Guard (Male), Combined VDF (Imphal East and Imphal West), Manipur Fire Services, Combined Home Guard (Male and Female) Band, Traffic Police, Combined Cycling Patrolling Team (Bishnupur and Kakching), MMG Platoon, 1st MR, 3” Mortar Platoon, 1st MR, SBDDS (CID-Technical) (Bomb Squad) and Manipur Police Dog Squad.
The governor decorated officers and personnel of Manipur Police with the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Training. Recipients of President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service were Inspector (Vigilance & Anti-Corruption) Shri W. Ashok Kumar Singh and Havildar of 2nd Battalion Manipur Rifles Shri Sambhulal Pardhan.
IGP (prison) Lunsieh Kipgen, inspector (vigilance and anti-corruption) Thokchom Manihar Singh, inspector, Kangpokpi N.G. Anthony Suresh, sub-inspector of CID (SB) L. Debananda Singh, subedar of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Khaikhojam Thahgen, Jemandar, MPTC Md. Lal Mohammad and Havildar of 6th Indian Reserve Battalion Wangkheirakpam Robindro Singh received the Police Medal for Meritorious Service. While Jemandar, MPTC Laishram Chingkheinganba and Rifleman, MPTC Thongram Ajit Singh were accorded with the Union home minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Training.
The celebration was also attended by chief minister N.Biren Singh, ministers, MLAs, high ranking officials, among others.
Giving the Vote of Thanks at the 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles Parade Ground, Biren greeted and wished the people of the state on the occasion of 73rd Republic Day of India.
He said the day is a very proud day for the nation. After attaining Independence on 15th August 1947, the Indian Constitution came into force on this day in 1950.
With the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, all Indian citizens are able to enjoy being dutiful and responsible citizens of the country. And for this, the day the Constitution came into being is celebrated as the Republic Day of the country, he said.
“We are able to celebrate this day because of the efforts of our forefathers who fought for India’s freedom,” he said.
Further stating that the Constitution provides a framework for the country and its people to work towards a self-reliant and progressive future, the chief minister also showed respect to the freedom fighters of the country and those who drafted the Indian Constitution.
Independent and Republic India has become a major power in the world today, he said.
Biren said the Covid pandemic has affected us all, and added, unfortunately due to the pandemic, this year the Republic Day celebration is organized in a limited manner by maintaining proper Standard Operating Procedures laid down by the government.