Tuesday 11 August 2020

Invite Covid warriors to official Independence Day events, MHA tells states, UTs

- Posted on 24 July 2020

New Delhi, July 24: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday issued guidelines for Independence Day celebrations, as it asked states and UTs to avoid large congregations, but make efforts to invite COVID-19 warriors and some persons cured of infection at the ceremonies.

In a letter to all the chief secretaries of the states and Union Territories (UTs), the MHA said, “…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 copy of which is with The Tribune, the MHA said measures would include “maintaining social distancing, wearing of masks, proper santization, avoiding large congregations, protecting vulnerable persons”. It has also asked the organisers of the event to follow all the other norms which have been specified by “this ministry and the ministry of health and family welfare”.

Asking organizers to arrange a webcast of the events so that “those who are not able to participate”, could have a chance to witness it, the MHA asked the state and district officials to specially invite COVID-19 warriors and also some persons cured of the 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 read.

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