Haryana, February 8 – The President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil today unfurled the biggest National Flag till date in the country at the world famous holy Brahamsarovar in Kurukshetra, Haryana. The Governor of Haryana, Mr. Jagannath Pahadia and the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda were also present on the occasion.
This event was organised by the Flag Foundation of India. Mounted on a 207 feet tall pole,the flag is 90 feet in length and 60 feet in width. The unfurling ceremony ended with the singing of the National Anthem. The President greeted all present there and responded to the greetings of the crowd on this momentous occasion that instilled a sense of pride in one and all.
Significantly, the Foundation has earlier arranged for such ceremonies at nine other places in the country where also the national flag has been mounted on 207 feet high poles. In Haryana, the national flag mounted on 207 feet tall poles is already flying high at Kaithal, Ladwa, Hisar and Sonipat. Besides this, such flags are at Jaipur, Bangalore, Angul and Vijaynagar. The Foundation has also got the flags unfurled on 100 feet tall poles at 19 other places.
While welcoming the President of India on this occasion, the President of Flag Foundation of India and the local MP, Mr. Naveen Jindal said that the purpose of such ceremonies was to make the people aware of the importance of the National Flag and to inspire them to respect the flag. This, he said would infuse a sense of national pride in the people and many problems being faced by the country would be reduced by such gestures.
Amongst those present on the occasion included the Haryana Chief Secretary, Mrs. Urvashi Gulati, Director General of Police, Mr. Ranjeev Dalal, Secretary to Governor, Mr. Mahender Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr. Chhattar Singh, the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Cdr. K.V. Singh and many other prominent persons.