Highlighting the role of citizens in the development of the nation, Haryana Governor, Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki, urged people to become active partners in solving problems of poverty, illiteracy, indiscipline, unemployment and corruption, on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations in Sector 5 Saturday.
Professor Solanki unfurled the national flag and also laid a wreath on the martyrs’ memorial. He honoured the only living freedom fighter from the district, Desraj Pardesi, wives of six other freedom fighters, 11 war widows, and various other people selected for their contribution in different fields.
“People of Haryana have played a dynamic role in the freedom movement. The spark of the first freedom movement in 1857 was ignited in Ambala,” said Solanki.
He also paid homage to former President, late Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.
Solanki also congratulated the residents of Panchkula on the 20th anniversary of the district.
On the occasion, he announced a prize of Rs 5 lakh for the children and Rs 2 lakh for the police commandos who participated in the function.
A march past was presented by the battalions of Haryana Police, Home Guard, NCC and Scouts. Students from various schools presented a PT show and a cultural programme.
Ambala MP, Rattan Lal Kataria; MLA Gian Chand Gupta; MLA Latika Sharma; Haryana DGP, Yashpal Singhal; Neelam P Kashni, Ambala Division Commissioner; CP Ambala-Panchkula, O P Singh, DC Vivek Atray; and DCP Panchkula, Anil Dhawan, were present on the occasion.
Later, Vivek Atray distributed fruits to the patients admitted in the General Hospital in Sector 6.