Goa Liberation Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Goa on December 19, to attend Goa Liberation Day celebrations.

Highlights

  • Events were held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Goa.
  • On the occasion, Prime Minister felicitated the freedom fighters and veterans of ‘Operation Vijay’.

Goa Liberation Day

Goa Liberation Day is observed on December 19 every year. This Day marks the success of ‘Operation Vijay’, which was undertaken by Indian Armed Forces to liberate Goa from Portuguese rule. The day is celebrated to commemorate the Indian armed forces annexing Portuguese-ruled Goa. On this day, India was completely free from European rule.

Inauguration of multiple development projects

On the occasion, Prime Minister inaugurated following development projects:

  1. Renovated Fort Aguada Jail Museum
  2. Super Speciality Block at Goa Medical College
  3. New South Goa District Hospital
  4. Aviation Skill Development Center at Mopa Airport
  5. Gas-insulated Substation at Dabolim-Navelim, Margao.

Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the India International University of Legal Education as well as Research of Bar Council of India Trust at Goa.

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana Scheme

Under this scheme, Super Speciality Block has been constructed at the Goa Medical College and Hospital. Total cost of the project was Rs 380 crore. The block was constructed in line with Prime Minister’s vision of improving medical infrastructure and provide top-class medical facilities. This hospital will provide services like liver transplant, angioplasty, bypass surgery, dialysis, kidney transplant, etc.

Re-development of Aguada Fort Jail Museum

Aguada Fort Jail Museum has been re-developed as a Heritage Tourism destination under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. It has been done at a cost of Rs 28 crore. Aguada Fort was used to incarcerate and torture freedom fighters, before Goa’s liberation. The Museum highlights the contributions and sacrifices of prominent freedom fighters, who took part in liberation of Goa.

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