On the occasion of Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India unfurls the national flag as a part of the ceremony that takes place at Red Fort, Delhi. And the PM is assisted in the process, by an army officer.
This year, it was Major Shweta Pandey, the EME (electronics and mechanical engineers) officer and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) defense expert, belonging to the 505 base workshop of the army.
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls the National Flag at the ramparts of the Red Fort on #IndependenceDay today.— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2020
The PM is being assisted by Major Shweta Pandey in unfurling the National Flag. pic.twitter.com/qXs19V1GUi
Her appointment for the role during the 74th Independence Day celebrations, was announced by the Ministry of Defence a few days ago:
Major Shweta Pandey will assist the Prime Minister in unfurling the national flag. The unfurling of the Tricolour will synchronise with the 21 Gun Salute fired by the valiant gunners of the elite 2233 Field Battery (ceremonial). The ceremonial battery will be commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Jitendra Singh Mehta and the Gun Position Officer will be Naib Subedar (AIG) Anil Chand.
Meet 🇮🇳 Army officer Maj Shweta Pandey👇— Ashish Singh (@AshishSinghNews) August 14, 2020
SHE'LL BE THE FLAG-OFFICER AT RED FORT, ASSISTING PM MODI IN UNFURLING THE TRI-COLOUR TODAY MORNING.
She was the flag bearer of Indian Tri-services contingent at Victory Day Parade in Moscow on 24 June.
Major Shweta, who belongs to Lucknow, led the first-ever Tri-Services Indian Armed Forces contingent at the Victory Day parade in Moscow, a few months ago.
She was also the first woman officer from the country to hold the tricolour during the event.
Major Shweta Pandey who assisted PM Modi in Unfurling National Flag.— Manek Singh (@beastThakur) August 15, 2020
Major Shweta Pandey had earlier this year carried the Tricolour and led an Indian military contingent at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow in June, The event was also attended by defence minister Rajnath Singh. pic.twitter.com/bqLwO9nMVV
From Red Square to Red Fort..— Vineeta 🇮🇳 🚩 (@biharigurl) August 15, 2020
MAJOR SHWETA PANDEY, Corps of EME assisted PM Narendra Modi in unfurling tricolour on 74th #IndependenceDay 🇮🇳
She is the same officer who led first ever Tri-Services Indian Contingent in the VictoryDay Parade of Russia at Red Square. pic.twitter.com/aiBMdIFjwV
In service since 2012, she has done B-Tech in Computer Science and has won over 75 medals and 250 certificates through participation in events like debates, speeches etc.
In fact, she also stood first in tactics and won a medal for Garhwal Rifles when she was in officers training academy, Chennai.
Major Shweta's mother, Amita Pandey, is a Sanskrit and Hindi professor, meanwhile her father, Raj Ratan Pandey, worked as additional director, finance, for the UP government.
Major Shweta Pandey will assist PM Narendra Modi in unfurling the national flag during the 74th Independence Day celebration tomorrow. She was part of an Indian military contingent at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow in June this year: Indian Army officials pic.twitter.com/vhUZYQkIne— ANI (@ANI) August 14, 2020