Governor of Goa, Shri P.S Sreedharan Pillai, expressed confidence that India’s dream of becoming Vishwaguru is on the right path. He made this statement after unfurling the National flag at the State-level Republic Day function held at Goa University Ground in Taleigao Plateau today. Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant, also attended the function.
Extending his greetings on the occasion, the Governor emphasized that our constitution is widely accepted globally. He further stated that the world looks at India with admiration today, drawing inspiration from our rich traditions. Governor Shri Pillai continued by acknowledging the rapid development of Goa under the able leadership of Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant. Governor mentioned that Goa is progressing as a smart State in India and is witnessing growth in various aspects of life.
Highlighting several developmental achievements, such as the New Zuari Bridge, G20 success, Goa’s role model status in drinking water supply, and the successful organization of Purple Fest, the Governor stressed the importance of citizens’ eternal vigilance as a guarantee for protecting freedom and democracy.
Governor Pillai appealed to the people, irrespective of caste, creed, or religion, to work hard towards achieving the goal of a developed India by 2047.
Earlier Governor took review of the parade.
Shri Vishram Umakant Borkar, Superintendent of Police at Raj Bhawan, was honored with the Police President Police Medal for distinguished service. Additionally, Shri Subhash Chandra,IAS Secretary ( Information and Publicity), Shri. Sanjit Rodrigues, IAS, Secretary(Protocol); Shri. Ajit Roy, IAS, Secretary(Power); Ms. Swetika Sachan, IAS,- Secretary(Sports); IGP, Shri. Omvir Singh, IPS, Supdt of Police, Shri. Nidhin Valsan, IPS, Shri. Abhishek Dhania, IPS, Shri. Shivendu Bhushan, Shri. Saurabh Kumar, IFS, and Shri. Jabestin A, IFS were felicitated with the Chief Minister’s Award for excellence and innovation in Governance and Public Service Delivery on the ocassion.
Awardees from various departments including Goa Police, Goa Forest, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, PWD, and Goa Electricity were honored by the Governor for their exceptional contributions in events such as the 37th National Games, International Purple Fest, and G20.
Shri Allywn Pereira, Information Officer, received a medal and certification for his outstanding work during the G20 meetings conducted in the State.
The event saw the presence of Union Minister of State for Tourism and Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Shripad Naik, Member of Rajya Sabha, Shri Sadanand Tanavade, Chief Secretary, Shri Puneet Kumar Goel, IAS, Shri Jaspal Singh, IPS, DGP Goa, MLAs alongside other dignitaries.
The 1st place for the Best Marching Contingent was secured by Our Lady of Rosary High School , Donapula. Navy Children School, Vasco claimed the 2nd place, and the 3rd place was awarded to Old Goa Educational Institute, Old Goa.
The best march past in the armed category was claimed by the Indian Army Contingent, and in the unarmed category, the Goa Human Resource Development Corporation’s female contingent excelled.