In A First, Woman IPS To Lead Uttarakhand Foundation Day Parade

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Uttarakhand will observe its 18th Foundation Day on November 9. The good news is that this year, Nivedita Kukreti will be scripting history by becoming the first woman IPS officer to lead this year’s Raising Day Parade at Police Lines ground.

Kukreti, who is currently serving as senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Dehradun district, would be the commander of the parade. The parade is held every year to commemorate formation of Uttarakhand.

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Matter of pride

Kukreti told TOI that leading the parade would be a matter of pride for her. She said, “It’s a proud moment for every officer to command a parade and it will be my first chance to lead the Raising Day Parade. Earlier, as additional superintendent of police (ASP), I was second-in-command at the Raising Day Parade in 2011.”

She also said that parades have a pivotal role in uniformed services like police and army as they symbolize discipline and indicate that we are ready to move forward under the command of one person.

“A parade also exhibits the apparent strength of the force,” she said.

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In the past two parades, IPS officer Sadanand Date was the commander and led the guard of honour. But this year, Kukreti will lead a contingent of 10 platoons, a component of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), fire services, City Patrol Unit (CPU) and dog squads.

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Senior police officers said that according to convention, the SSP of Dehradun is the parade commander but many times other IPS officers have led the parade.

It is great to see Indian women taking charge of important roles and becoming inspiration for many!

Picture credits: Uttaravani