Panaji, January 26, 2019 …  … The 70th Republic Day of the country was celebrated with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervor in the State today. The State-level function was held at the SAG Ground, Campal where Governor of Goa Smt. Mridula Sinha unfurled the National Tri-color and inspected the Guard of Honour.

Addressing the gathering, the Governor said that on this day in 1950 the people of India resolved to make India a sovereign, secular and democratic republic and to treat everyone with equality and respect. We are the biggest Democratic nation which includes people from different religion, culture, caste and region. It is an occasion to introspect our values and unite for the betterment of our country, the Governor said.

The Governor gave a detailed summary of various projects, quoting the 3rd Mandovi Bridge and the Eight lane cable Zuari bridge as milestones of the Government. “The state Government works hard in order to strengthen the society and to provide the best facilities to the public. The law and order in the state have always been in control. The Government via its schemes in Education, Women Empowerment, Agriculture and Fisheries have achieved tremendous growth in the social sector. With upcoming District Hospitals and Super Speciality Blocks, our state will soon be a hub for Health Care,” the Governor said.

Applauding the progress made in the Industrial and Tourism sector Smt. Sinha said that the state has made a commendable job in the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. She also informed that ‘Gaanv aur hum’, a unique program wherein she visits remote villages in the state, is gaining popularity and has helped the state Government to take its schemes and programs to the rural people.

 On the occasion, the Governor later presented ‘Krishiratna’ award to Shri. Shrihari Kurade for his distinguished work in the field of agriculture. Similarly, Shri. Uday Prabhudessai, Shri. Dalgerio Santan Fernandes was given with ‘Krishi Vibhushan and Krishi Bhushan’ awards respectively. Shri. Rajesh Molu Gaonkar was presented with Fr. Inacio Alemida Special Award.

Prominent among those who attended the Republic Day ceremony included senior political leader Shri. L.K.Adwani, Speaker Shri. Pramod Sawant,   Chief Secretary Shri Parimal Rai IAS, Secretaries to the Government, senior officers and freedom fighters. The function was compered by Dr. Dayanand Rao.

Earlier, contingents from Defence, Police force and School children performed March past. The program ended with cultural programs presented by children from various local schools.


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