New Delhi: With Independent India turning 75 this year on August 15, the state of Uttar Pradesh is all set to celebrate the day with great fervour. Preparations are in full swing for the grand celebration of the special day. Har Ghar Tiranga, and other events are being held as a part of the Independence Week (11-17 August).
To make the event even more memorable, Padma awardees from the State will be invited for the first time to grace the main ceremony along with other dignitaries, including the families of freedom fighters on a historic occasion.
This year’s Independence Day is special because India is celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, a Government of India initiative to honour and celebrate 75 years of India’s independence and the magnificent history of its culture, people, and accomplishments.
The cultural extravaganza planned for the Independence Day celebrations will be a confluence of cultural, social and geographical diversity of the state. Various events are being organised as part of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence.
For the first time, the national flag will be hoisted at the newly constructed ‘Gram Sachivalayas’ (Village Secretariats) in 58,189 Gram Panchayats of the state. Flag hoisting will also take place at 7500 Amrit Sarovar on 15th August and the district administrations have already started making necessary arrangements for this. MGNREGA workers will be deployed to take care of Amrit Sarovar.
Besides, in all the 75 districts of the state, 2 buses will be added to the fleet. These buses will be adorned with patterns resembling the tricolour. As many as 75 roadways buses of the UP State Transport Corporation will be named after freedom fighters. In this regard, the preparations of the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation are going on in full swing. Along with roadways buses, bus stands will also be recognized. Just like the roadways buses will be named after the freedom fighters, similarly the bus stands will also be named after the freedom fighters.
In the series of events to mark the 75 years of Independence, the Amrit Mahotsava Mini Marathon will be organized across the 75 districts of the state.
Ceremony to be held in front of Vidhan Bhavan
One of the highlights of the festival is that 75 people from each section— belonging to different cultures and regions— will be invited. This will include folk artists, tribal groups, and various communities which will display the diverse culture of Uttar Pradesh in their traditional dress. In total, 75 persons from 75 different groups will depict the richness of the state.
In addition, people representing 16 trades, including BC Sakhis, Factory workers, farmers, Anganwadi workers among others will also be a part of this event.
Event themed ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’
Based on theme, ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’, the event will showcase the rich cultural heritage, traditions, and customs of Uttar Pradesh to the people. Presentations on the history and tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh as well as Yogi Government’s action plan for the ‘New Uttar Pradesh of New India’ will also be made at the event.
‘Har Ghar Tiranga’
To make the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme from August 13 to 15, as part of Independence Week (August 11 to 17) successful in Uttar Pradesh, the state intends to drape a total of 4.76 crore houses and 50 lakh government and non-government offices in tricolour.
75 saplings will be planted in each gram panchayat on August 15
On August 15, to mark ‘Azadi ka Amrit Varsh’, 75 saplings will be planted in each gram panchayat of the state. Indigenous plants like Banyan, Peepal, Pakad, Neem, Bael, Amla, Mango, Jackfruit, and Drumstick will get preference during the plantation drive.