PANAJI : Stating that there is a pressing need to disseminate information about the freedom struggle of Goa among the urban population, especially new generation, Governor Mridula Sinha, delivering her address at the Revolution Day function at Azad Maidan on Thursday said that the history of Goa’s fight against the colonial Portuguese regime should be written in the form of songs in local language, and included in the school syllabus. “These songs could then be set to tune and the students made to sing them regularly,” she added, observing that a number of incidents linked to the Indian freedom movement are still alive in the minds of the rural population of India because they were converted into songs, which were sung even during the family occasions like weddings.
Speaking further, the Governor said that the government should ensure honour, protection as well as care for the freedom fighters among us.
She further stated that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is the first stage of the development festival of India, and everyone should participate in making it a success.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, ministers namely Alina Saldanha and Pandurang Dhavalikar and Chief Secretary R K Shrivastava were present on the occasion.
The dignitaries also paid floral tributes at the Martyrs Memorial at the venue, while remembering the known and unknown freedom fighters, who fought to liberate Goa.
The day is remembered for the clarion call given by the socialist leader Dr Ram Manohar Lohia for the freedom of Goa.
The Chief Minister, stating that the government is committed to create a strong and self-sufficient new generation, stressed on strengthening the educational system in Goa.
“I am continuing with the work carried out by my predecessor, Manohar Parrikar, as regards re-building the educational infrastructure provided to the state by the first chief minister of Goa, Bhausaheb Bandodkar,” he maintained, informing that this year, altogether 150 government primary schools have been repaired at the cost of Rs 60 crore, while expansion of four government colleges have been undertaken by spending more than Rs 100 crore.
Parsekar, who also holds the education portfolio, in his speech, said that the government has already provided financial assistance of Rs 7.75 crore to 9 schools under the Infrastructure Loan cum Grant Scheme, for improving their infrastructure.
“The government will also provide such assistance to three more schools, which have completed the paperwork, besides 29 others,” he informed.
It was also informed that the government will provide world-class tourism infrastructure as well as focus on the much neglected agricultural sector, which has become ‘economically unviable’.
“The government will provide assistance for agricultural based activities such as dairy farming, horticulture, floriculture and so on,” Parsekar noted.
The Governor and the Chief Minister later interacted with the school children, who attended the Revolution Day function.