Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that Goa freedom struggle will be included in Goa board’s school syllabus.
Over the years, there have been demands for the inclusion of this chapter of the state’s history in the school syllabus. At the Goa Revolution Day function in July 2018, then Governor Mridula Sinha had suggested that important aspects of Goa’s freedom struggle be included in the curriculum.
President Ram Nath Kovind, who will be the chief guest for the inaugural of the 60th Liberation Day function, will arrive in the state on Saturday on a two-day visit.
Sawant told reporters that he will receive Kovind at Dabolim along with the Protocol Minister. “It is the first time the President of India is attending our Liberation Day function and we should be proud of it” he said. Listing out the President’s itinerary, the CM said that Kovind will pay a floral tribute at the martyrs’ memorial at Azad Maidan on December 19.
The main function will be held at the D B Bandodkar stadium, Campal. Sawant said that a 10-minute documentary on Goa’s history will be screened during the main event. Around 150 people from across the 12 talukas will participate in the cultural program.
The State Government had come under severe criticism from the opposition parties for spending Rs 100 crore to conduct various programmes to mark the diamond jubilee of the Liberation Day at a time when “people are struggling to make ends meet”.
GFP President Vijai Sardesai in a letter to the President urged him not to visit as “the state intends to spend an exorbitant” amount on the celebration.
Reacting to the criticism, Sawant said the Rs 100 crore is not only for hosting the main event on December 19, but also for undertaking renovation of historic monuments like forts.
He said that any person who is a nationalist should not oppose the President’s visit. “I request those who have written to Kovind asking him not to come to Goa to once again write to him requesting him to come to Goa,” Sawant said.
Sawant also unveiled the logo for the celebration.
The Chief Minister urged citizens to give their suggestions, if any, on ways the government can mark the Liberation Day in an even better manner. Sawant said that he has gone through all the letters written on the celebration.
Stating that he was born in Goa and that his deity is also in the state, Sawant said, “I am the first Chief Minister of Goa who was born after Liberation and, like me, those who are born post liberation should know about the history.”
In January 2018, then CM Manohar Parrikar had said that the history of Goa’s Liberation struggle and that of the Opinion Poll movement would be included in the school curriculum before the commencement of 2019-20 academic year
Sawant said that the state will prepare a vision document for next 60 years.
The Goa Vision Document 2035 prepared by a committee headed by top scientist Raghunath Mashelkar remains unimplemented since 2012.
At the 59th Liberation Day function, Sawant had promised to implement the vision document and had appealed to all stakeholders for support to make Goa golden.
In February, Sawant had even met with Mashelkar and the Vibrant Goa Foundation to discuss the implementation of the report’s recommendations.
Sawant had said that a task force will be constituted to review the vision document and provide inputs for a phase-wise implementation of the report in the state.
The report, prepared by the Goa Golden Jubilee Development Council constituted on July 26, 2010, and submitted to then chief minister Manohar Parrikar in July 2012, was never implemented.