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India at 75: For the first time, Indigenous guns will give “21-gun salute” at Red Fort this year. Here’s the complete itinerary

On reaching the Red Fort, the PM will be given a guard of honor for the tri-service ie troops of the three armies. The PM will hoist the flag at the Red Fort at exactly 7.30 am.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Today India is completing 75th I-Day. On the occasion of the Amrit Festival of Independence i.e. 75th Independence Day, this year the celebration of independence at Red Fort is also going to be very special. From the ramparts of the Red Fort, the eyes of the countrymen will remain on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the country, as well as for the first time this year, a 21-gun salute will be given with the indigenous gun.

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Here is the complete itinerary for August 15:
The Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort will begin at 6.55 am when the GOC of the Army’s Delhi area will arrive. After this the Defense Secretary will arrive and then the Chief of the three forces ie Army, Air Force and Navy. Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt will arrive at exactly 7.08 pm and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will reach at 7.11 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive at the Red Fort as soon as it is 7.18 minutes in the clock. Before reaching the Red Fort, the PM will pay tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi by reaching Raj Ghat.

Guard of honor will be given to PM Modi
On reaching the Red Fort, the PM will be given a guard of honor for the tri-service ie troops of the three armies. The PM will hoist the flag at the Red Fort at exactly 7.30 am. Soon after this, the national anthem will be played and a 21-gun salute will be given.

Indigenous guns will give “21-gun salute”
It will be the first time after 75 years of independence that an indigenous artillery gun will also be included in the salute of 21 guns. Till now, a 21-gun salute was given from the British pounder-gun of World War II. For the first time this year, at the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort, the Prime Minister will be given a 21-gun salute from the indigenous artillery gun, ‘Atag’.

Features of indigenous gun
This year’s 21-gun salute at the Red Fort will include an indigenous Atag cannon along with six British pounder guns. The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS or Atag System) has been developed by DRDO in association with Tata and Bharat-Forge companies. This ATAGS gun of 155 x 52 caliber has a range of about 48 km and is soon going to be a part of the artillery of the Indian Army. In the year 2018, the Defense Ministry had approved the purchase of 150 Atag guns for the Army. According to the Ministry of Defense, the fire from the real gun in the Red Fort will be ceremonial. For this, the sound of the cannon and the shell have been ‘customised’.

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PM’s address to the nation
After the flag hoisting and the national anthem, that is, at 7.33 pm, the PM will address the country. For the last 8 years, the PM’s speech has been around 90 minutes. In such a situation, it is believed that the same will happen this year because this year the country is celebrating the nectar festival of independence, in such a situation all eyes will be on the PM’s address. In his speech, PM has been speaking on burning issues like agriculture, defence, business, economy, international relations and diplomacy. During the PM’s address, apart from the members of the cabinet, judges of the Supreme Court and High Court, the Chief Minister of Delhi and foreign diplomats will be present.

NCC cadets called on the theme of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
According to the Ministry of Defense, for the first time this year, NCC cadets have been called from all the districts of the country on the theme ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. These cadets will sit at the place of their district in the map of India on the Gyanpath in front of the Red Fort. From costumes to costumes, they will come wearing everything according to their locality.

Invitation to the underprivileged people of the society
Like Republic Day, for the first time this year, those underprivileged people of the society, who have always been ignored, have been invited to the Red Fort. Mortuary workers, street vendors, Anganwadi workers, Mudra loan beneficiaries have also been called in the programme. Online invitations have been sent to three ministries of the central government.

Apart from this, for the first time under the Youth Exchange Program, selected NCC cadets from 14 countries will participate in the ceremony. About 126 young cadets from 14 countries will participate in the Independence Day program at the Red Fort this year. The countries whose cadets have reached India include Mauritius, Argentina, Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, UAE, England, America, Maldives, Nigeria, Fiji, Indonesia, Seychelles and Mozambique.

These foreign cadets have participated in the competition organized in their respective countries and after getting selected in it, these NCC cadets have come to India. All these youths have come to India to interact with NCC cadets under the Culture Exchange Program.

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Apart from this, what else will be special

-Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Sumita Yadav will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi in hoisting the flag.
-This year the Coordinating-Service is the Indian Air Force to organize the Independence Day program at the Red Fort.
-In the Guard of Honor, there will be 20-20 soldiers and one officer each in three units of the Army, Air Force and Navy. There will also be a contingent of Delhi Police in the guard of honour. There will be a commander of all the four units and the guard of honor will be handed over to Wing Commander Kunal Khanna of the Air Force.
-The Army’s Delhi-area GOC will be Lt Gen Vijay Kumar Mishra, who will be the highest military commander of the entire program.
-Defense Secretary, Ajay Kumar will be responsible for conducting the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort.
-Immediately after hoisting the flag, two Mi-17 1V helicopters of the Air Force will shower flowers on the Red Fort from the sky. There will be two Dhruv helicopters behind these Mi-17 helicopters.

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