New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent that was led by a woman officer for the first time ever was Saturday adjudged the best marching team among the three armed forces, while the Border Security Force bagged the honour among the paramilitary forces.
History was made Thursday when Flight Lt. Sneha Shekhawat, a woman Indian Air Force (IAF) transport pilot officer, led the 144-airmen contingent at the 63rd Republic Day parade down Rajpath.
This contingent was judged as the best by a defence ministry panel from among the army, navy and the air force teams.
Among the 23 tableaux, the first three places were won by the human resource development ministry, Goa and Karnataka states.
Among the best school children performances, Kodiyancha Karvan by Delhi’s Government Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalala from Hastsal and Gudum Baja by Allahabad-based North-Central Zone Cultural Centre were judged the best two.
Delhi’s Kendriya Vidyalaya School from R.K. Puram won a consolation prize.
In addition, the tableau presented by the Central Public Works Department was selected for a special prize.