GUWAHATI, Aug 8 - The Kamrup Metro district administration will organise the 73rd Independence Day with a three-day agenda from August 13 to 15.
During the morning hours of August 13 the administration will clean all statues of freedom fighters, martyrs and leading citizens located in different parts of the city. At the same time, cleanliness drives will also be carried out in parks, prominent public places and public ponds and tanks of Guwahati as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Along with the cleanliness drives, the administration will also carry out distribution and plantation of saplings in the city.
On the same day, essay and speech competitions will be held among school, college and university students. Painting competitions among pre-school and school students will also be held as part of the celebration.
For the school level, the topic for both the essay and speech competitions is ‘Role of Mahatma Gandhi in India’s Freedom movement and his Assam connection’. The topic for college and university students in both the competitions is ‘Role of Assam’s freedom fighters in India’s freedom struggle’.
The district administration will award Rs 10,000, Rs 7,500 and Rs 5,000 for the first, second and third prize winners respectively in each of the competitions. An advisory committee comprising school and college teachers and officials concerned of the district administration will also be formed to conduct the competitions.
On August 13 evening, competitions on patriotic songs and drama will be held. The district administration will also illuminate the statues of all martyrs and leading personalities who were associated with the freedom movement.
The programmes of August 14 will include quiz competition on India’s freedom movement, sports events at every educational institution, awareness programme on drug abuse, Independence Day run for unity and peace rally. These will be followed by lighting of lamps in front of statues of Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters.
On August 15, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will hoist the national flag on the playground of College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara. The State government has directed the district administration to ensure maximum participation of freedom fighters, NGOs, students and leaders of all communities and religions.
Meanwhile, in the matter of the I-Day flag hoisting ceremony to be held in every district headquarters, the State government has directed compulsory participation of all village headmen and sardars of tea gardens.
After the flag hoisting ceremony, the district administration will felicitate personalities praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, persons who rendered exemplary service during the recent floods, progressive farmers and sports personalities.
Moreover, sports competitions among officials, citizens and sports organisations and free screening of films on patriotism will be held on the same day. By evening, the administration will illuminate all statues of freedom fighters.