The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy unfurled the national flag and received the salute from the ceremonial parade headed by Parade Commander IPS officer Mr Vikram Jeet Duggal. In all, 20 contingents – 5thBattalion APSP, Vizianagaram district, 9th Battalion APSP, Nellore district, 10 th Battalion, Mahaboobnagar, 11th Battalion, YSR Kadapa district, 12th Battalion APSP, Nalgonda dist, 15th battalion APSP, Khammam dist, Central Armed Reserve Headquarter, Hyderabad, A P Home Guards, NCC Boys, NCC Girls, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Tribal Scouts, Social Welfare Scouts, kendriya Vidhyalaya, Picket, A P Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, Gurukulam, A P Junior Red Cross, National Green Crops, Mounted Police and A P Fire Services participated in the eye-catching parade.
The tablaux of various departments depicting the welfare schemes, development activities and culture of the state have added color to the Independence Day celebrations. The cultural programme – Bharateeyam, which was staged by 1,300 students and composed with mixing of Indian dances, yoga and gymnastics, has enthralled the visitors.
The police made right security arrangements at the Parade Grounds in view of Intelligence alerts on possible terrorist strike in metro cities of the Country. Nearly 4,000 policemen including Task Force, mufti and intelligence personnel were deployed around the venue. The police allowed the persons who had valid passes towards Parade Ground and imposed restrictions on the movement of the common people also near the parade ground until the conclusion of the celebrations.
Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Damaodara Rajanarsimha, Legislative Council Chairman, Dr Chakraphani, Legislative Assembly Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, Ministers – Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, Mr Pitani Satyanarayana Mr Mukesh Goud and Mr Danam Nagender, the GHMC Mayor, Mrs Banda Kartheeka Reddy, the Rajya Sabha member, Mr K V P Ramachandar Rao and others attended the celebrations. (NSS)