Governor Urmila Singh hoisted the tricolour at the city’s historic Ridge on the occasion of the 67th Himachal Day celebrations, taking the salute at the march past of contingents of the police, home guards, NCC and NSS cadets. Addressing the gathering, she said the state was indebted to those who had contributed and played an important role in its formation and development.
“Since its inception, Himachal Pradesh had made rapid progress in all sectors and today, 66 years after it was formed, it stands as a role model of development for other hill states, the credit for which goes to its residents who contributed significantly in the process. A lot more has to be done and the pace of progress has to be maintained,” she said, wishing the state’s residents a prosperous life.
The Himachal police’s women bikers were applauded for their performance of aerobatics. Besides a dazzling dog show by the police the celebrations also featured a colourful cultural programme besides other attractions.
Traditionally the state’s chief minister presides over the Himachal Day function but this time he did not so due to the poll code. In other districts deputy commissioners stood in for ministers.
Among those present were Shimla mayor Sanjay Chauhan, deputy city mayor Tikendar Panwar, acting chief secretary P Mitra, director general of police Sanjay Kumar, additional DGP SR Mardi, administration department secretary general RD Nazeem, Shimla deputy commissioner Dinesh Malhotra, Shimla police superintendent Abhishek Dhullar and Himachal Pradesh University V-C ADN Bajpai
Celebrations in Mandi
Mandi deputy commissioner Devesh Kumar unfurled the national flag and took the salute at a march past of contingents of the police, home guards and NCC and schoolchildren. A colourful culture programme was presented by schoolchildren.
festivities in kullu
Deputy commissioner Kullu Rakesh Kanwar hoisted the national flag and took the salute at a march past of contingents of the police, home guards, SSB, ITBP, NCC and NSS cadets at Dhalpur ground.
Addressing the crowd, he said 66 years after it was formed HP had made rapid strides in development. He urged state residents to exercise their franchise in the elections on May 7 to safeguard democracy in the country.
Deputy commissioner Ajay Sharma unfurled the tricolour at the playground of the Government Senior Secondary School for Boys. After inspecting contingents of the state police, home guards, NCC (naval wing) and Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, he took the salute at a march past to the accompaniment of drums.