India will celebrate its 75th Independence Day on Sunday. The celebration will be highly scaled down in view the COVID-19 pandemic and continued threat of the Delta variant of the virus.  All security arrangements including extra precautionary and preventive measures against the corona virus have been put in place to ensure a seamless event.

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Here are the key arrangements and measures that are taken for the grand Independence Day 2021 event to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi.

Two-day vaccination campaign for Red Fort staff

A two-day vaccination camp was organised to inoculate all the Red Fort staff members against the COVID-19 before the ceremony to ensure the safety of workers as well as attendees.

COVID test for the security staff

The security personnel and other staff members engaged in security near the Prime Minister will have to undergo a COVID test two days before August 15. Also, those who have not been vaccinated will be given the vaccines.

Two-yard distance sitting arrangement

Just like last year, a limited number of chairs have been placed this time as well. The chairs of all the leaders sitting around the Prime Minister have been installed, maintaining a distance of two yards.


In a release by the Ministry of Home Affairs on the COVID protocols to be followed this Independence Day, the ministry said wearing a mask, sanitizing the vicinity, and following social distancing is a must.

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Independence day marks the attainment of freedom from the 200 years of British rule and pays tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the freedom struggle. The theme for this year’s Independence Day is ‘Nation First, Always First.’

According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will invite India’s entire Tokyo Olympics contingent to the Red Fort for Independence Day celebrations on August 15.