Meghalaya marked its annual Republic Day. The celebration was held in all the district headquarters and civil sub-divisions.
Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma unfurled the National Flag and took the Salute of 11 parade contingents at Matchakolgre L P School Playground in New Tura.
He presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Rodrick D Shira, an alumnus of the prestigious IIT Kharagpur in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering for his outstanding and exceptional achievements, contributions and excellent service to the people of the State and the nation as a whole.
In 2017, Shira was selected as the first Vice Chancellor of Captain Williamson Sangma’s Technical University at Jewilgre by the Government of Meghalaya.
Certificate of appreciation in respect to Water and Sanitation Award was given to Kama Galwanggre Village and Babadam Village and the Award for the Top Performing PHC to Darengre PHC which was selected based on overall performance under the MHIS and AB-PMJAY implementation in the district. Appreciation certificates were also present to the staff of various department in the district.
In the Tableau presentation, the Tura Municipal Board bagged the first prize for the scientific approach to Waste Disposal for Greener Tura, the District Commerce and Industries Centre the Second Prize for presentation of the Prime Minister’s Vishwakarma Scheme and the Election Department, the Third Prize.
The Chief Minister also flagged off vehicles for Bilgaro Republic Day Run 2024 which focused on road safety awareness and fostering a sense of camaraderie among participants. It was organized by the Tura Motor Sports Club, Tura.
Later in the afternoon games and sports were organised for children and exhibition football match
Presentation of patriotic songs and dances, football matches and prize distribution to the winners of March-past and cultural programmes marked the celebration in all the district headquarters and civil sub-divisions.
Meanwhile, the Border Security Force (BSF) in Meghalaya also celebrated Republic Day at its frontier headquarters and all other BSF establishments in the state.
BSF Meghalaya IG Harbax Singh Dhillon unfurled the National Flag and extended his best wishes to all BSF jawans and their family members.
He urged the jawans to abide by the Indian constitution and to serve the country in every possible way and encouraged them to be more vigilant and alert to prevent any kind of anti-national activity and border crime.
As part of the celebrations, the IG also visited patients at the Composite Hospital and handed fruit baskets.
The BSF also distributed sweets to the Border Guard Bangladesh at various locations along the Indo-Bangladesh Border, in a gesture that symbolises the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect between the two neighbouring countries.
The Ranger and Rover and the Student Council, Martin Luther Christian University also celebrated the day at the campus in Nongrah.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor T.K Bamon hoisted the national flag. Faculties, non-teaching staff, rangers and rovers, student council representatives and students from various departments attended the program.
Jan Shikshan Sansthan – East Khasi Hills observed Republic Day at Lapalang which was attended by 120 individuals, including trainees and trainers.
Head Doctor of Pearl E Whites Medical and Dental Centre Dr. Richa Shaha, Director of Routes Shillong, Dr. Jasmine Lyngdoh, Chairperson of Kyrshanlang City Livelihood Centre, Lumlanglin Marbaniang and Pyndap Sohtun, Secretary of Lapalang attended the programme as guests.
Dr Shaha in her speech underscored the significance of Republic Day. Dr. Jasmine and Marbaniang discussed on the importance of skill training, emphasising on its pivotal role in instilling self-reliance and self-dependency among every citizen.
Certificates were also distributed to the trainees who had successfully completed their training in specialized areas, including Food Processing, Assistant Dressmaking, Helper Wireman, and Beauty Care Assistant.