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Quick finish for I-Day, R-Day functions in UP

Government plans to cut celebration timings of the two national festivals and rationalise participation of private schools or institutions in Republic Day parades.

lucknow Updated: Jul 27, 2010 17:34 IST
Brajendra K Parashar
Brajendra K Parashar
Hindustan Times

Independence Day and Republic Day functions are likely to be of shorter duration from this year.

The state government plans to cut the timing of celebrations during the two national festivals, keeping in view the inconvenience caused to public on roads and also the long hours that VIPs and other participants have to spend at the functions.

It also plans to rationalise participation of private schools and educational institutions with their tableaux in Republic Day parades.

The Department of Information and the Secretariat Administration has already moved a proposal in this regard and a final decision is expected soon.

A meeting, chaired by Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta, two days' ago here discussed the proposal in detail on the basis of inputs gathered from some other states as well as the Centre on Independence Day and Republic Day functions.

"The functions unnecessarily last too long, causing inconvenience to people because of traffic diversions. It also makes guests and participants uneasy," sources said.

In its endeavour to rationalise private schools and educational institutions' participation in the parades, the government will scrutinise parade themes before giving the go-ahead.

"Schools will have to submit their themes to concerning DMs for scrutiny. The DMs will be required to forward the short-listed themes to the Department of Information for final clearance," sources disclosed.

Director (Information) Ajay Upadhyaya confirmed that there was a proposal to rationalize timings and entry of tableaux in the parade during the celebrations. "However, no final decision has been taken yet," he added.

First Published: Jul 27, 2010 17:32 IST