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Separate pavilion to recognition certificates: Honouring Covid warriors is at the heart of Republic day celebration in Kashmir

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Srinagar:  After banging `thaliis’ and showering flowers, the government has decided to honor the Covid-19 warriors on this year’s Republic Day in Kashmir.

Several events are lined up on Republic day to highlight the contribution of frontline warriors in the fight against the pandemic. 

 

A pavilion at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium will be dedicated to the Covid warriors. Plus certificates of recognition will be distributed among the frontline warriors to highlight their contribution.

Document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor revealed that the Divisional Commissioner PK Pole has included Covid-19 warriors in the list of VIP/ VVIP guests. 

“Separate pavilion shall be ensured for Covid-19 warriors in addition to VIP/VVIPs. Seating and flowering arrangements shall be made by DC Srinagar and Director Floriculture,” Pole has ordered.

 Apart from Covid-19 warriors, the administration has invited literally persons, sports fraternity, renowned industrialists/business persons, progressive farmers, and judges.

An official told The Kashmir Monitor that the Covid- 19 warriors have been included in the list of guests for their ‘successful’ fight against the pandemic.

“The administration was at high alert during the pandemic. Doctors and nurses were at the frontline to fight Covid -19. So, the administration has dedicated a separate pavilion for them to honor their efforts,” he said.

The official also said that the Covid-19 warriors will be felicitated during the event. “The contributions will be highlighted in the speech and later certificates of recognition will be distributed among them,” he said.

Jammu and Kashmir lost five health workers while fighting COVID last year.

The official said the contribution of deceased Covid-19 warriors will be also highlighted during the event.

This will be the first Republic Day to be celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir after pandemic hit the union territory. The administration had last year kept Independence Day a low key affair due to the increasing cases of Covid-19 in Kashmir.

Since the number of Covid cases is receding, the administration has decided to celebrate Republic Day with much fanfare.

 Sources said all the deputy commissioners have been given directions to manage the arrangement for the smooth function of the event with utter adherence to the Covid-19 SOPs.

They said multiple cultural programmes will be held at the event, which will be managed by the Department of Youth Service and Sports, Cultur