LG hoists national flag in absence of CM, tricolour flutters across city

Last Updated 15 August 2014, 21:00 IST

 In the absence of any elected Chief Minister, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday hoisted the national flag at Delhi government’s Independence Day celebrations at Chhatrasal Stadium.

This was for the first time in the history of Delhi Legislative Assembly when any Independence Day was celebrated without a Chief Minister and under animated suspension.

“On this auspicious occasion of the 68th Independence Day, I would like to request citizens of Delhi to make it a clean and green city,” he said.

However, the LG led the campaign to mark the 68th Independence Day very successfully and virtually painted the entire city in the tricolour.

The buses of Delhi Transport Corporation were seen displaying various inspirational advertisements for the Independence Day.

Delhi Metro was also playing I-Day related songs at its stations and the city government and the municipal corporations had put tricolours at many hoardings, poles and pillars across the city.

The Delhi Secretariat, Vidhan Sabha, Vikas Minar, Delhi Police and PWD headquarters and many other state government’s buildings were decorated with lights.

Special show

A special lighting show was also organised at the Delhi Legislative Assembly on Friday evening. In his speech at the function, Jung counted the NDA government’s schemes for Delhi’s development.

“Government of Delhi is committed to the development and welfare of the citizens of the city. It is pertinent to mention that Delhi has the highest per capita income in the country,” the LG said.

“The Delhi government wants progress for all sections of society, especially those belonging to weaker sections. The government has made a provision of 67 per cent of its budget towards social welfare,” he added.

Jung informed that 35 per cent work of the phase 3 of 103 km long Metro corridor has been completed.

“Five universities – Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Dr B R Ambedkar University, National Law University, Delhi Technological University and Indira Gandhi Technical Women’s University – were established by the Delhi government for better higher education in the city,” he said.

He also mentioned the city wide raids conducted following his orders against corruption and other discrepancies at government and non-government offices.
He also paid tribute to the freedom fighters and martyrs.

(Published 15 August 2014, 21:00 IST)

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