Republic Day was celebrated with fervour at the district-level function held at Nehru stadium, here on Monday.
Punjab minister for rural development and panchayats Sikander Singh Maluka unfurled the National Flag. He inspected the parade and took salute from the march past by the contingents of the Punjab Police, Punjab home guards, former servicemen, NCC cadets, girl guides and St John's ambulance.
While speaking on the occasion, Maluka paid tributes to the makers of the Indian constitution. He said there was an urgent need to fulfil the basic needs of all people. He also highlighted the achievements of the Punjab government and gave a clarion call to people to make concerted efforts for eradication of drug menace from the state.
He also honoured freedom fighters and their family members, besides several personalities for their outstanding contribution in their respective fields.
He also distributed sewing machines among the needy women. Later, schoolchildren presented a mass PT show and patriotic cultural programme.
At the Republic Day function in Nangal, Punjab chief parliamentary secretary Pawan Kumar Tinu unfurled the Tricolour.
Republic Day was also celebrated at National Fertilisers Limited, Nangal unit, where chief general manager KK Chaturvedi unfurled the Tricolour.
Similarly, at Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College, Bela college managing committee secretary Davinder Singh Jatana unfurled the National Flag. At Lions Bhawan, Rupnagar, Lions Club president Surjit Kurmar unfurled the Tricolour.
Congress celebrates R-Day
Chandigarh : Chandigarh Congress Committee celebrated the 66thRepublic Day at Congress Bhawan in Sector 35 on Monday. Former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was the chief guest on the occasion.
The newly elected president of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee Pardeep Chhabra unfurled the National Flag. Large number of Congress leaders and workers were present to celebrate this occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Bansal said the Bharatiya Janata Party government was adopting the same policies which were started by the Congress-led UPA government under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi.