Shimla, Jan 26 (PTI) The Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and excitement in Himachal Pradesh as people notwithstanding extreme cold conditions participated in large numbers in functions across the state. Also Read - Indian Army Sets up Covid Management Cell For Real-time Response

Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the tricolor at the historic Ridge Ground here at a state-level function and took the salute of contingents of the Indian Army, Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), SSB and state police. Also Read - Indian Army Ramps Up COVID-19 Efforts With More Beds, Medical Advice Helpline

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Education minister Suresh Bharadwaj, legislators and officials attended the event in the state capital.

Colourful tableaux highlighted various development activities while a weapon display show was performed by the ITBP.

In Hamirpur, Speaker Dr Rajeev Bindal presided over the district-level function and said that the people of the country were indebted to the freedom fighters.

Irrigation and Public Health and Horticulture Minister Mahender Singh Thakur presided over function at Dharamshala.

Rural water supply schemes worth Rs 3,267 cr would be executed through BRICS funding and Rs 1,134 cr worth projects would be implemented soon for horticulture development in the state, he announced.

Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Kishan Kapoor who was chief guest at the function in Una.

He said that a provision of Rs 220 cr was earmarked for providing essential commodities to consumers at subsidised rates through fair price shops.

Presiding over the function at Kullu, Power Minister Anil Sharma said that the state Government had adopted the BJP’s vision document as its policy document and all departments have been asked to prepare a 100-day road map.

Urban Development and Housing Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, who presided over the function at Chamba, said the district was known for its diverse culture and rich heritage.

In Mandi, Health and Family Welfare Minister Vipin Singh Parmar said the state government was committed to policy of zero-tolerance towards corruption.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar at Nahan said that homless in the state would be provided houses by 2022, while Industries and Labour and Employment Minister Bikram Singh and Forest and Transport Minister Govind Singh, unfurled the tricolour in Solan and in Bilaspur, respectively.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal in Kinnaur district said that the government had taken some significant decisions to improve the quality of life of the people.

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