Independence Day 2020 Highlights: PM Modi bats for Atmanirbhar Bharat

15 August, 2020 | Ojasvi Chauhan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi National

Independence Day 2020 Highlights: The celebrations of Independence Day 2020 began in the morning at the Red Fort. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on various topics.

Celebrating India’s 74th Independence day, the GOI, as is custom, hosted the flag-raising ceremony at the Red Fort on August 15, 2020. Proper coronavirus safeguards were in effect, security measures were deployed at the site. Social distancing of at least 6 feet and covering of faces was also compulsory for all.

To accommodate uninterrupted movement within the masses whilst avoiding contact, seats and walking paths had been augmented by wooden floors and carpets. The parking spots were cobbled to allow quick entrance and exit. Guard of Honour members had remained isolated due to the coronavirus outbreak.

All guests were allowed entry by invitation only, more than 4,000 diplomats, bureaucrats, civil servants, journalists and other officials were invited to the event. NCC Cadets were present at the Gyanpath instead of students this time, in view of coronavirus.

Guidelines were also written on the invitations sent to the select guests. Makeshift medical centres at four places were also established to treat anyone suspected of coronavirus. Of these 4 centres, one was near the Ramparts, another at Madhavdas Park, and two others at 15 August Park. Ambulances were also positioned at these centres.

Thermal scanning was done on all attendees of the event, the whole of Red Fort was also being constantly sanitised. All present were to wear face covers or masks, spare masks were also kept at the Red Fort to be given to someone if they lost, ruined or lacked their own and sanitisers were also available.