AN IMPRESSIVE parade was organised at Nehru Stadium to mark the 58th Republic Day in the City.
State Public Works Department and Energy Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya inspected the parade in an open jeep flanked by District Collector Vivek Aggarwal and SP Anshuman Yadav. He took the guard of honour and hoisted the Tricolour amidst public cheers.
The Minister read out the message of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and gave away the awards. Schoolchildren presented a colourful programme of dance and physical exercises after which 19 government departments took out tableaux to showcase their progress.
Of the 22 platoons led by parade commander Pradip Singh Chauhan that marched past a large, delightful gathering of freedom fighters, schoolchildren, parents, mediapersons and government officials, the BSF legion was adjudged the winner.
The second and third award went to the platoons of Armed Police Training College and First Battalion Special Police Force, respectively. In the junior category, NCC Air Wing Senior was adjudged the best platoon. NCC Senior Boys and NCC Senior Girls bagged the second and third position, respectively.
About 4,000 children performed physical exercises on the occasion but it was the Yogasan presented by Central Jail prisoners that won special applause.
Over 700 school students presented seven cultural programmes at the function. The students of Cloth Market Girls Higher Secondary School presented Maharashtra’s folk dance Lavani while SICA HSS students presented folk dances of different states. The Malwa folk dance was presented by Government Malav Girls HSS.
Garima HSS, Sharda Girls HSS, Gujarati Samaj School, Mukesh Nemichand School and Standard Public School students presented dance recitals based on patriotic themes. The first, second and third prize for best dance recital went to Garima GHSS, Government Malav GHSS and SICA HSS, respectively.
Indore City Transport Services Limited lifted the trophy for the best tableau. The tableaux of Indore Development Authority and BSF were the second and third winners.
The Minister released the pictorial biography Indore martyr Manoj Chauhan who saved 18 lives during rains before succumbing to pneumonia last year.