Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) The Republic Day was celebrated across Maharashtra on Tuesday with Governor C.V. Rao unfurling the national tricolour here at the main state function and taking the salute at a ceremonial parade.
Lakhs of people enthusiastically participated in various events in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and other parts of the state.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, legislative council Chairman Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, legislative assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde, Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and top officials of the armed forces and police were present at the main event in the state capital here.
In his address, Governor Rao said the state government has launched a special drive to provide apprenticeship training to one lakh young people under the trade apprenticeship scheme.
Referring to the drought facing 15,747 villages in the state, the governor said a special package of Rs.10,512 crore has been announced for farmers and of this Rs.2,000 crore has already been disbursed.
As many as 43 cities in Maharashtra are selected under the ‘Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)’ with a central outlay of Rs.2,077.96 crore, he said.
He mentioned public welfare schemes like Gopinath Munde Farmers’ Accident Insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Atal Saur Krishi Pump Yojana and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Amrut Yojana that seeks to provide free nutritious meals to pregnant and lactating mothers in rural areas.
Rao said the phase two of ‘Aaple Sarkar’ (our government) webportal would enable people to share their ideas and suggestions with the government and communicate their grievances.
He announced launch of 47 state government services online out of the 252 notified services under the Right to Services Act.
An outlay of Rs.125 crore has been made in connection with the 125th birth anniversary of ‘Babasaheb’ B.R. Ambedkar, which was being celebrated in the current year, Rao said.
The central government plans to develop five national monuments associated with Ambedkar as ‘Panchteerths’, of which two are located in Maharashtra, he added.
Various units of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Mumbai Armed Police, Mumbai Women Police, Mumbai Fire Brigade, National Cadet Corps, Road Safety Patrol, Bharat Scouts and Guides and others took part in the lively march past.
Floats of various government departments highlighting their achievements in different fields made for a colourful spectacle.
The Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) and the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee also organised programmes at their headquarters here.
The Western Railway, Central Railway and Konkan Railway held their own celebrations, in which top officials and staffers took part.
Various government offices, schools and colleges, housing complexes, social organisations, and various district collectorates also celebrated the Republic Day.
Major buildings in Mumbai like Mantralaya, the Western Railway and Central Railway headquarters, important landmarks and private buildings have been colourfully illuminated.
West Bengal celebrates Republic Day
Governor K.N. Tripathi unfurled the tricolour and took the salute at a colourful march past as West Bengal celebrated the 67th Republic Day on Tuesday.
Units from the army, navy and air force took part in the customary parade showcasing sophisticated weapons on the Indira Gandhi Sarani.
Kolkata and West Bengal Police personnel, the fire brigade, NCC cadets and school children also took part in the parade which drew huge crowds.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, several ministers, bureaucrats and members of the diplomatic corps were present at the programme held under tight security.
To mark the day, the Left Front led by the CPI-M formed a human chain in the city, harping on the country’s unity and integrity.
Led by Left Front chairman Biman Bose and CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra, a host of Marxist leaders and activists joined the chain and urged people to stand up against communal intolerance.
The national flag was hoisted at various union and state government offices in the state.
A large number of organisations, educational institutions and clubs also celebrated the Republic Day throughout the state by hoisting flags and organising march past by students and children.
Flags were also unfurled at the headquarters of political parti