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Odisha govt restricts students from participating in Independence Day parade; Here is why  

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Bhubaneswar: Possibly for the first time in the history of Odisha, students cannot take part in Independence Day parade across the state tomorrow as the state government on Tuesday put restriction on their participation in the parade.

Special Secretary of Home Department Santosh Bala has said all Revenue Division Commissioners (RDCs) and district Collectors that children may not participate in the I-Day parade in view of heavy rainfall and thunderstorm as forecasted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

“It has been predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department that very heavy rain fall accompanied by lightning is likely to occur at many places of Odisha in the next 48 hours. In view of this it is desired that during the observation of Independence Day on 15.8.2018 the ceremonial parade at the state capital as well as in the district and Sub-Divisional Headquarters including other officials parades elsewhere be restrict to the participation by the Police and Para Military Contingents only,” said Bala’s letter.

“Further, it is advised that the parade may not consist of children in view of adverse weather conditions. Cultural and Sports activities may also be avoided. Adequate precautions may be taken to ensure safety of the guests and the participants during the celebration,” added the letter.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also expressed his concern for the children and said “My concern is lightning should not strike children, so let’s keep the Independence Day functions to the minimum.I don’t know how to reduce it though.”

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