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Reception At Rashtrapati Bhavan: Muted But Special ‘At Home’ This Time

New Delhi: This yr’s ‘At Home’ reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan was a comparatively muted affair given the trimmed visitor record. Nonetheless, all the facility centres of Lutyens Delhi had been current. Additionally current was a choose group of corona warriors who’re combating the pandemic from the frontline.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in addition to Exterior Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had been additionally current.

Among the many different attendees had been Chief of Defence Employees Gen Bipin Rawat, Military Chief Normal Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of Naval Employees Admiral Karambir Singh & Indian Air Pressure chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.


Holding the raging pandemic in thoughts, solely choose cupboard ministers, dignitaries from the judiciary, bureaucrats, diplomats and handpicked media personnel numbering lower than 100 had been invited to this yr’s ‘At Home’ reception. To place issues in perspective, the visitor record runs past 1,200 in regular occasions.

The VIPs visiting Rashtrapati Bhavan weren’t allowed to carry their spouses, and the buffet system was lacking from the occasion in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier talking to IANS, a supply knowledgeable that the liberty fighters received’t be there on the ceremony this time and free interplay with VIPs received’t be allowed. The occasion had an association this time for 4 folks at a desk in view of the security of the VIPs gathered there.

For everybody, from the President and the Prime Minister all the way down to the assistance, sporting a masks was obligatory. President Kovind wore a white masks whereas FM Sitharaman wore a blue one. Gen Rawat had on an olive inexperienced masks.

Nonetheless, regardless of the strict regulation of the visitor record, this time there was a refreshing addition of round 25 Corona Warriors — medical doctors, head constables, hospital housekeeping workers — who had been specifically invited to the ceremony.


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