Invite COVID-19 warriors at official Independence Day occasions: MHA to states, UTs

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday issued tips for Independence Day celebrations, because it requested states and UTs to keep away from massive congregations, however make efforts to ask COVID-19 warriors and a few individuals cured of an infection on the ceremonies.

In a letter to all of the chief secretaries of the states and Union Territories (UTs), the MHA mentioned, “…This year also, the Independence Day will be celebrated in a manner befitting the occasion. However, given spread of COVID-19 pandemic, while organizing various programmes or activities…, it is imperative to follow certain preventive measures.”

In the letter, a duplicate of which is with The Tribune, the MHA mentioned measures would come with “maintaining social distancing, wearing of masks, proper santization, avoiding large congregations, protecting vulnerable persons”. It has additionally requested the organisers of the occasion to observe all the opposite norms which have been specified by “this ministry and the ministry of health and family welfare”.

Asking organizers to rearrange a webcast of the occasions in order that “those who are not able to participate”, might have an opportunity to witness it, the MHA requested the state and district officers to specifically invite COVID-19 warriors and likewise some individuals cured of the an infection as a mark of respect.

“It would also be appropriate that CIVID-19 warriors like doctors, health workers, sanitation workers etc., are invited in the ceremonies as recognition of their noble service in fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Some persons cured from COVID-19 infection may also be invited,” the letter learn.

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