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Republic Day Parade: Troops in marching contingents reduced from 144 to 96 in view of Covid-19

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New Delhi: The Republic Day Parade will be held at Rajpath in the National Capital on 26th January. This year the Parade will begin at 10.30 AM instead of scheduled time of 10 AM. The parade which starts from Raisina hills and goes through Rajpath, India Gate to Red Fort would now only go up to the National Stadium while tableaux of States, Different Ministries, and Departments will proceed to Red Fort.

Addressing media in New Delhi virtually, Major General Alok Kacker said that the number of troops in marching contingents in the Republic Day parade has been reduced from 144 to 96 to ensure social distancing in view of Covid-19. They will be seen marching in 12 rows and eight columns. Indian Army soldiers will be seen marching in different uniforms worn by the Army from 1950 to present day at the Republic Day parade this year.

There will be a total of 16 marching contingents in the Parade. Six from the Army, one each from Navy and Air Force, four Central Armed Police Forces, one from Delhi Police, two from National Cadet Corps and one National Service Scheme, NSS. 21 Tableaux from different Sates, Union Territories, Ministries and Departments will participate in the Republic Day Parade.

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