In days leading up to the Independence Day celebrations next Saturday, the bands of Army, Navy and Air force will perform in over 150 locations of the country.
From Delhi University colleges to the forward post of Walang in Arunachal Pradesh to Bhuj in Gujarat, and Sulur in Tamil Nadu, the bands will perform for one hour everyday up to August 15.
A brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said the idea is to connect the defence forces to people all across the country. Apart from the band’s performance, the Air Force will open its base stations to the public and Navy will take them on a guided tour to their warships and submarines.
In addition, the Army will continue with its yearly Know Your Army initiative under which it will display its latest weapons, vehicles and equipment in different parts of the country.
“This is for the first time bands of the three services will play in so many locations,” a senior official at the defence ministry said.
The idea was conceived by the PM about two months ago when he met defence ministry officials. “During the interaction the PM was keen that we do something to connect to the people this year,” he said.
The outreach programme has also been planned to motivate youth to join the defence forces which have manpower shortage to the tune of 20% in each of its three wings.
Some of the Navy stations people will be able to visit include Mumbai, Vizag, Kochi, Porbandar, Chennai, and Karwar.
To ensure more and more people join the initiative, sources said, it will be publicised extensively on radio, newspapers and social media