Goa to host year-long activities to mark 60 years of liberation

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Panaji: The government has planned year-long activities to celebrate 60 years of Goa’s liberation. Goa was liberated from Portuguese rule on December 19, 1961.

Addressing the media on Friday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the state government has decided to celebrate 60 years of Goa’s liberation from December 19, 2020 to December 19, 2021 wherein number of programmes would be organised across the state as well as in the capital cities of all other states of the country.

Sawant informed that Goa government has sought Rs 100 crore funding from the Centre to host year-long activities, adding, the government will also invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other central leaders during the year-long celebration.

The government has constituted a state-level monitoring committee, headed by the Chief Minister and comprising legislators, businessmen, freedom fighters, historians and journalists, to chalk out plan for the year-long celebration.

Sawant said that the year-long activity will showcase the art, culture and the journey of the state in the last 60 years.

He said that road shows would be held across the state and also in all the capital cities of all the states in the country to promote Goan culture and tourism while showcasing the history of Goa’s freedom struggle, adding, a special programme would also be organised in the national capital.

As part of the initiative, a discussion will also be held on making Goa ‘swayampurna’ (self sufficient) by involving various stakeholders.

The Chief Minister said that during the year, the state government will also felicitate all the freedom fighters who are alive, and also family members of deceased freedom fighters, adding that, freedom fighters from other states, who contributed to Goa’s liberation, would also be felicitated by visiting their respective states.