The annual visitor record of over 1,500 folks, a gathering of who’s who from throughout the nation, has been pruned in mild of the Covid pandemic this 12 months. And with President Kovind deciding to recognise them for his or her efforts, the highlight this 12 months will probably be on India’s corona warriors.
The 26 handpicked visitors, among the many 90 who will probably be hosted by the President this 12 months, will probably be a part of a visitor record that features PM Narendra Modi, diplomats, prime ministers within the authorities and captains of the media trade amongst others.
Sources advised TOI the corona warriors have been recognized for his or her distinctive efforts and dedication to battle the pandemic. With the coronavirus mandating bodily distancing, the President’s ‘At Home’ will probably be totally different in that visitors won’t be able to mingle freely like they used to within the years earlier than. In the conference centre, 4 visitors will probably be seated at every desk, the place they are going to be seated and served.
Sources mentioned Kovind is more likely to ship a welcome tackle since he won’t be able to satisfy visitors individually.
The mandate to trim the visitor record can even see diplomats from consultant blocs, as a substitute of particular person international locations, being invited. Apart from the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, diplomats representing the European Union, ASEAN, and BRICS, are a few of the visitors who will grace the Independence Day gathering on the Rashtrapati Bhawan.