Preparations are in full swing for the state-level Republic Day function to be held on the grounds of SCD Government College for Boys. Punjab Governor General S F Rodrigues (Retd) will take salute from the parade on Monday,January 26.
More than 2,000 schoolchildren will perform various cultural items and other programmes. District Education Officer (Secondary) Sudesh Bajaj said: Students from both government and private schools are participating in the function. There will be five cultural items other than Giddha and Bhangra.
Rehearsals have been going on since January 19.
A district official said: There will be six contingents of PAP-Jalandhar and one from the Punjab Police,besides several of NCC cadets. Like every year,there will be about a dozen tableaux prepared by different departments.
The approach roads to the venue are being given a facelift,with workers busy cleaning the roads and putting a fresh coat of paint on the pavements and pillars along the roads. The areas around several government offices are also being spruced up for the day.
It is,meanwhile,learnt that this years function wont see any achiever getting a state award. SDM (West) Prem Chand said: The list of such awards is issued from Chandigarh. We have not got any such list as of today.