December 6,2014….  Governor of Goa, Smt Mridula Sinha has said that the Indian Armed forces are a major integrating force, who safeguarded the country from external threats and internal disturbances through their dedicated services. They have been playing a major role for the rescue and relief of the people during natural and man made calamities, with indomitable spirit, utmost dedication, relentless determination, deep commitment and supreme patriotic spirit. 

The Governor was speaking at the Armed Forces Flag day reception at Raj Bhavan yesterday evening.

Spouse if Governor Dr Ram Krupal Sinha, PWD Minister Shri Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavlikar, Sports Minister Shri Ramesh Tawadkar,MLA’S Dr. Pramod Sawant, Shri Rohan Khaunte were present.

Smt. Sinha said that the heroic fights against many threats and challenges and their valuable service to the people and the country have earned them wide appreciation and gratitude from the people. She that there is need that the citizens should give moral support and extend our solidarity to serving Armed Forces personnel, so that they can discharge their duties and functions with confidence, responsibility and devotion.     

Chief Minister Shri Laximikant Parsekar  said that the contribution of armed forces not only on the borders but internal disturbances, natural calamaties, disasters is immense. They play a great role in protecting and therefore the citizens should acknowledge the contribution  and liberally donate to the flag day fund. 

The prizes for highest contribution were won by the Department of Education,women and Child,Excise and the Captain of Ports respectively. The Ex- Servicemen achiever award was bagged by Hon Captain Dattaram Sawant. Chief Secretary R.K. Srivastava also spoke in the occasion.

An illustrated calendar of the Department if Sainik welfare was released at the hands if the Governor. Well known singer Smt. Samiksha Bhobe Kakodkar sang a patriotic song. Secretary DSW Maj Venugopal Nair welcomed while Brig. Ian D’Costa(Retd)proposed vote of thanks. RJ Pankaj Kurtarkar and Smt. Shrada compared.

General S. F. Rodrigues (Retd),Vice Admiral John D’Silva (Retd),FOGA Rear Adml. B.S. Parihar were those among present.