Chief Minister Digambar Kamat announced various schemes which will contribute to the progress and the development of Goa, after unfurling the National Flag at the golden jubilee celebrations of the Liberation Day at Campal, Panjim, on Sunday. He also made an appeal to the people to cooperate with the Government to give, people centric, participatory, transparent, development oriented, progressive and secular administration to the people.
Speaking further Kamat announced financial assistance of Rs one crore to the Police Welfare Society and Rs 100 lakh each to Fire and Home Guards personnel.
The Chief Minister paid a tribute to the freedom fighters and martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for Goa’s freedom. He also said that efforts will be made to erect Pt Jawaharlal’s statue in the state this year for his contribution to Goa’s freedom through ‘Operation Vijay’.
On this occasion, Chief Minister announced a new scheme ‘Shelter for homeless children’ in the state. He also informed that an international arbitration centre and an international convention centre will soon be set up.
Kamat said the Government has published Regional Plan for Pernem and Canacona and appealed to the people to cooperate in its implementation.
Kamat also announced a rise in freedom fighters pension from Rs4000/- to 5000/-. He also announced a scheme ‘Goa Swarnajayanti Srampratishtha Uttejan Yojana for the benefit of potters, small vendors, etc.
Kamat presented Chief Minister Police Gold Medals and other state awards to various personalities. Superintendent of Police (SP) Vishram Umakant Borkar, SP Tony Fernandes, Deputy SP Chandrakant Salgaokar, Head Constable Chandrashekar Bicholkar were recipients of the same. Members of the Home Guards, anganwadi workers, agriculturists, social workers, fire services personnel were also given awards at the hands of the Chief Minister. Earlier Chief Minister reviewed the Liberation Day parade.
About 2600 students from various schools and Bal Bhavan Kendras participated in the cultural programme which included singing of patriotic songs and group dances.
Panchayati Raj Minister Manohar Azgaonkar hoisted the national tri-colour and took the salute on the Liberation Day at the Government Complex building in Pernem on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, Azgaonkar said that it is our prime duty to strive to fulfill the dreams of our leaders and freedom fighters. He therefore appealed to the people to re-dedicate themselves to work with greater sense of commitment and determination to accelerate all round growth and sustainable progress of the state.
Azgaonkar further informed that the Government has initiated and implemented several programmes like financial assistance for repairs of houses for the needy and poor, financial assistance to vegetable vendors, free gas connections to families below poverty line and many other community oriented programmes for the benefit of the common man in the state.
He said that a sports policy with several incentives for the students has already been introduced in the state and mentioned that so far 8500 students have been benefitted. He urged the students to avail of such benefits so that they can build up their career in sports.
The students of Bhagawati High School and St. Joseph High School presented songs on national integration on the occasion.
Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza called upon the people to unite and work together to maintain peace and harmony to achieve greater heights in the socio-economic development to make Goa a model state in the country, after unfurling the national flag on the Liberation Day at Tilak Ground in Vasco.
Addressing the gathering D’Souza said that we are fortunate to celebrate the golden jubilee of Goa’s Liberation. He further said that we should be grateful to our leaders who sacrificed their lives for our liberation.
He said that while entering into the Golden Jubilee year we have to be more responsible with firm commitment to the welfare of Goan people and development of our state at large.
Students from schools from the vicinity participated in the mass PT Drill. The joy and fervour was further seen with the presentation of cultural programme depicting Goan culture by the students. March past, drill competition were also conducted as part of the celebration.
Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar said that Goa has witnessed a series of change since its liberation in 1961 and upon the people to resolve to work together irrespective of caste, creed, and political affiliation to make Goa a model state in the country, after hoisting the national tri-colour in mapusa on Sunday.
He also paid homage to our leaders and freedom fighters who sacrificed their precious lives for the freedom of Goa.
Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao unfurled the National Flag and inspected the guard of honour at the Goa Liberation Day celebration at Sanguem on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering Alemao said that due to the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, today we are enjoying the fruits of liberty, freedom and prosperity. He further said that since liberation Goa has made tremendous progress in the fields of social welfare, health, education, agriculture and so on.
Alemao also assured to provide fund of Rs 50 Crore under the central government scheme to take up various developmental projects in Sanguem. He also said that all the municipal councils in the State will have its own garbage treatment plants soon.
Later, the students of various schools presented a cultural programme.
Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues appealed to the people to fight against anti-national and other divisive forces which have been disrupting peace and progress of the country while addressing the audience at the Liberation Day programme in Canacona on Sunday.
The Minister urged the people to dedicate themselves to strengthen the democracy, secularism and communal harmony in the State and remain vigilant against antisocial, antinational and terrorist activities.
The Minister unfurled the national Flag, inspected guard of honour and took the salute. Later, cultural programmes were presented by the students of various schools.