Chief Minister Digambar Kamat unfurled the Indian flag opposite the former summer residence of the Adil Shah of Bijapur, which functioned as the Secretariat of the Goa government for many years. Incidentally this is the site where the Indian tri-colour was first unfurled officially after the Indian Army liberated Goa from the Portuguese regime.
Addressing the crowd gathered Mr. Kamat besides elaborating on how his government is working towards addressing the issues of the common man, also announced the State bravery award that will be presented on 19th December, Goa’s Liberation day, to honour acts of exemplary bravery displayed by Goans.
While the entire state observed the Independence day, at Margao the celebrations were marred by police highhandedness in evicting a protesting citizen. Anthony D’Silva from Ambelim who trigged off the whole movement to stop sale of Goan land to foreigners by starting a signature campaign a couple of years ago, was protesting against the government’s failure to deal with garbage and plastic waste with placards at a slight distance away from the Collectorate building where the official Independence day celebrations were scheduled to be held. What really irked the people was the manner in which police handled the case, particularly the act of snatching the Indian flag that Anthony was holding.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao who is facing a lot of flak for his vacillating stand on various issues and more particularly the proposed expansion of the National highway used the platform of the Independence day address in South Goa to clarify why the National highway needed to be broadened and how he had sought to respect people’s wishes. He also urged the people not to block development.