June 18, 2015 …. Governor Smt. Mridula Sinha and Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar paid rich tributes to the martyrs and freedom fighters on Goa Revolution Day at a State-level function held at Azad Maidan here today.
The Governor, Chief Minister and other dignitaries placed wreaths at the martyr’s memorial and paid homage. The Police Guard of honour paid compliments to the martyrs memorial.
The Governor Smt. Sinha recalled the call given from Margao by the late Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia to the people of Goa to join the freedom movement on this day in 1946. He said: “Goa Revolution Day was an appropriate occasion for Goans to reflect on the past achievements and renew a pledge to not only safeguard the hard-earned freedom, but to steadfastly work for greater peace, progress, and prosperity for all sections of society, in accordance with democratic aspirations and national priorities.”
Smt. Sinha expressed happiness that the Government and the people of Goa had zealously maintained the tradition of paying rich tributes to great souls whose suffering and sacrifices paved the way for Goa’s liberation. The liberation of Goa from colonial subjugation led to emotional bonding of the people resulting in the moral, intellectual, social, and speedy economic development of the State, She said.
Chief Minister Shri Parsekar said that Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia’s clarion call in 1946 from Margao, 60 years ago, gave a major jolt to the colonial rule and great momentum to the freedom movement of Goa. He said the issues concerning freedom fighters would be taken care of by his Government.
On the occasion the Governor and Chief Minister released laminated colour freedom fighter’s registration Certificate.
Shri Shyamsundar Nagvekar, President of Goa, Daman and Diu Freedom Fighters Association Panaji expressed his views on the occasion.
Minister for Cooperation, Shri Pandurang alias Deepak Dhavlikar, Minister for Environment Smt. Alina Saldanha, MLA Shri Sidharth Kuncolienkar, Mayor of Panaji Shri Shuban Chodanankar, Shri Chief Secretary Shri R. K. Srivastava, Director-General of Police Shri T. N. Mohan, DIG’s Shri S. Renganathan and Shri K. K. Vyas, Collector North Smt. Neela Mohanan, Secretaries to the Government, Director of Information & Publicity Shri Arvind Bugde, Joint Secretary(Home) Shri Sanjiv Gadkar, Joint Secretary (Protocol) Shri Deepak Dessai) President of Goa Daman and Diu Freedom Fighters Association Naguesh Karmali, Goa Swatantra Sainik Sangh president Chandrakant Kenkre, freedom fighters, and citizens were present.
Dr. Dayanand Rao compared the function while the choir group of Bal Bhavan was in attendance .
On her arrival at the venue of the function the Governor was received by Chief Minister, Chief Secretary Shri R. K. Srivastava and Director General of Police Shri T. N. Mohan.