Udupi: The 67th Republic Day celebrations marked the patriotic spirit with pomp at the MGM Ground, Indrali here, on January 26.
State Minister for Urban Development and District minister in-charge, Vinay Kumar Sorake, hoisted the national Flag. He then received a guard of honour from the district police force, NCC, Scouts and Guides.
Due to the election code of conduct District minister in-charge Vinay Kumar Sorake in his short message said, “We have gathered here on a very special occasion of our nation, the Republic Day of our country. India got independence from the British rule on 15th of August in 1947 which we celebrate as Independence Day; however, we celebrate 26th of January as a Republic Day since 1950. The Constitution of India came into force on 26th of January in 1950, so we celebrate this day as the Republic Day every year. This was the day when our rights and duties were brought to a concrete form and it holds a lot of value in the heart and minds of every Indian. India’s Constitution was displayed to the world on this day. Many great scholars and freedom fighters have put in their efforts to draft our Constitution and we should remember their efforts.”
Commissioner Udupi CMC, D Manjunathayya; Joint Director of Social Welfare Department, H S Premanath; District Disabled Welfare Officer, Niranjan Bhat; Joint Director Youth Empowerment and Sports Department, Dr Roshan Kumar Shetty; Bada Grama Panchayat PDO Rajesh Shenoy and Superintendent of DC Office, Sampath were conferred Sarvothama Seva Awards. Various students were honoured for their achievement in sports at the National and State-level. The cultural programmes with the essence of devoted nationalistic fervor marked the republic day celebrations.
MLA Pramod Madhwaraj; Deputy Commissioner Dr R Vishal; Superintendent of Police Dr Annamaliah; ADC Chennabasappa; Taluk Panchayat President, Sunitha Naik; ZP CEO Priyanka Mary Francis, President of Udupi CMC Yuvaraj and UUDA Chairman Janardhan Thonse were also present.