R-Day: IAF bags best marching contingent award

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has bagged the 'Best Marching Contingent' award amongst the three Services at this year's Republic Day Parade while the Indo- Tibetan Border Police has been adjudged the best amongst the paramilitary.

More than 10 contingents of the three Services marched on the Rajpath and included horse-mounted columns of Army's 61 Cavalry, Punjab Regiment, Grenadiers Regiment, Rajputana Rifles Regiment, Rajput Regiment, Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, 3 Gorkha Rifles and the Territorial Army along with a column each of the navy and the Air Force.

The marching contingents of paramilitary and other auxiliary civil forces included Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, Coast Guard, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Railway Protection Force, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme.

Among the 23 tableaux showcasing their respective states and ministries, the tableau from Delhi, with its theme of cultural and religious harmony in the national capital, has bagged the coveted first prize.

The awards to the winning contingents would be given away by Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday.

The Karnataka tableau, depicting the exotic handicraft of Bidriware from Bidar region, and Jammu & Kashmir tableau, portraying the Bhand Pather folk theatre from Kashmir Valley, has won the Second and Third Prize respectively in this category.

Among the five School Children Items that took part in the Parade, the ‘Bhangra’ dance from Punjab, performed by children from the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala has been adjudged the best.

‘Rangeelo Rajasthan’, presented by Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Amalwas, Delhi, has been given a consolation prize.