Chandigarh celebrates Republic Day with gaiety

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan TImes, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 26, 2016 18:16 IST
Punjab and Haryana governor and UT administrator at the Republic Day function at Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)

The governor of Punjab and Haryana and UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki unfurled the National Flag at 67th Republic Day parade at the Sector 17 parade ground here on Tuesday.

Referring to Chandigarh as pride of India during his address, Solanki said: “Chandigarh will turn out to be an ideal smart city and efforts are on to ensure 24 hour water and power supply, better transportation, environment protection and e-governance in the city. Chandigarh has already taken steps towards e-governance which include e-sampark, e- stamping, e-education, e-campus and gram sampark.”

Talking about various initiatives, Solanki said that the city has bagged an industrial policy to ensure the success of Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India” programme. Likewise, to promote ‘Digital India’ programme, Chandigarh Administration has adopted the latest technologies to improve its efficiency, he said.

Highlighting the achievements of the city, he said that Chandigarh has been conferred with the ‘Golden Icon Award’ for its e-sampark programme and “CSI-Nihilant” Award for being the best e-governed city.

Kaptan Singh Solanki also gave commendation certificates to 18 employees of the administration and general public for rendering outstanding services in the field of public services, art and culture, social services and sports. Around 28 police personnel were also conferred with the Administrator’s Police Medal for their distinguished and meritorious services. A colorful cultural programme, consisting of Lavni and Bhangra dance, were also presented by school students during the function.

UT adviser Vijay Dev, home secretary Anurag Agarwal and finance secretary Sarvjit Singh, Ajit Balaji Joshi, IGP RP Upadhyaya were also present during the function.

The UT administrator also declared a holiday in all private and government schools of the city on Wednesday.

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