New Delhi: The Border Security Force’s much-loved camel contingent will include the force’s Mahila Praharis (women personnel) in designer uniforms in this year’s main Republic Day parade in the capital’s Kartavya Path. This will be the first time Mahila Praharis will be a part of the force’s camel contingent in the parade.
On Monday, they were seen doing a full-dress rehearsal at the venue.
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In November 2022, on the eve of the BSF’s 58th Raising Day, the-then director general of the force, Pankaj Kumar Singh, had told reporters that Mahila Praharis will debut in the camel contingent on the 74th Republic Day parade and they would comprise half of the contingent. Normally, the contingent has 90 colourfully decorated camels, with troops mounted on 54 and the band players on 46.
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According to media reports, well-known designer Raghavendra Rathore, who is renowned for promoting Indian heritage through his brand, has designed the uniforms for the Mahila Praharis of the camel contingent.
It may be noted that BSF’s camel contingent has been a part of the Republic Day parade since 1976. The contingent is also a part of the Beating Retreat ceremony, held on January 29. It stands on the ramparts of the North and South Blocks atop Raisina Hill.