PM Modi greets nation on 72nd Republic Day

New Delhi: India is celebrating its 72nd Republic Day, the day its constitution came into force in 1950.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Republic Day. 

"Wishing all the people of India a Happy Republic Day. Jai Hind!" Modi tweeted.

India will see a scaled-down Republic Day parade at Rajpath due to the coronavirus pandemic. The parade will have a shorter route, fewer spectators, no children below the age of 15 years, and fewer soldiers in the contingents. Only around 25,000 spectators will be allowed to witness the parade as compared to the average of 115,000 people every year.

School children will perform folk arts and crafts displaying skills and dexterity handed down from generations.

The entry of general people has been banned and only the invited guests will be allowed to be present. The Delhi Police have made elaborate traffic arrangements and restrictions for the smooth conduct of the Republic Day Parade along the route.

Vehicular movement in the national capital will be majorly affected on Tuesday, especially in central Delhi and the peripheries of the city, owing to the Republic Day parade in the morning, followed by the farmers’ tractor parade.

Patrolling has been intensified at power substations in Delhi following a threat from the banned Sikhs for Justice outfit to disrupt the city's supply during the Republic Day celebrations. An official said around 6,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain vigil.

Facial recognition systems have also been set up at vantage points for suspect identification, the official said, according to news agency. Asianet Online