Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Goa on December 19 and attend an event marking Goa Liberation Day celebrations at “Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium,” his office said on Friday.
Prime Minister Modi to congratulate freedom fighters and veterans of ‘Operation Vijay’, undertaken by the Indian armed forces to liberate Goa from Portuguese rule, and also inaugurate several development projects, including the prison museum of Renovated Fort Aguada, the super specialty block of Goa Medical Center. South Goa College and New District Hospital. In addition to these, the Prime Minister will inaugurate an aeronautical skills development center at Mopa airport and an insulated gas substation at Dabolim-Navelim in Margao. He will also lay the foundation stone for the Indian International University of Legal Education and Research of the Bar Council of India Trust in Goa, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. Goa is one of five states heading for parliamentary elections early next year.
The PMO noted that Modi has constantly strived to improve medical infrastructure and provide first-class medical facilities across the country. In line with this vision, the super specialized block of Goa Medical College and Hospital was built at a cost of over Rs 380 crore under the “Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana” program, he said.
It is the only state-of-the-art ultra-specialized hospital in Goa, offering high-end ultra-specialized services. It will provide specialized services such as angioplasty, bypass surgery, liver transplantation, kidney transplantation and dialysis, among others, the PMO said, adding that the super-specialized block will also house pressure-modulated adsorption of oxygen (PSA) of 1000 liters per minute (lpm). factory installed under PM-CARES.
The new South Goa District Hospital, built at a cost of approximately Rs 220 crore, is equipped with modern medical infrastructure, including OPD services in 33 specialties, the latest diagnostic and laboratory facilities and services like physiotherapy and audiometry. The hospital has 500 oxygen beds, a 5,500 liter liquid medical oxygen tank and two PSA plants to generate vital gas at 600 lpm, the PMO said.
The redevelopment of the Aguada Fort Prison Museum as a heritage tourist destination under the “Swadesh Darshan Scheme” cost more than Rs 28 crore, he said.
Before Goa’s liberation, Aguada Fort was used to incarcerate and torture freedom fighters, the PMO said. The museum will highlight the contributions and sacrifices made by prominent freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of Goa and pay them a dignified tribute. Modi will also issue special coverage and a special cancellation to mark the commemoration of the Indian armed forces liberating Goa from Portuguese rule, he said.
This special episode of history is shown on the special cover, while the special cancellation features the Indian warship Gomantak’s war memorial, built in memory of seven valiant young sailors and other personnel who served gave their lives in “Operation Vijay”.
Modi will also publish “My Stamp” depicting the “Hutatma Smarak” in Patradevi, which salutes the great sacrifices made by those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Goa liberation movement.
A “Meghdoot postcard” depicting a collage of photos from different events during the movement will also be presented to the prime minister, the statement said. It will also distribute prizes to the best panchayat / municipality, “Swayampurna Mitras” and to the beneficiaries of the “Swayampurna Goa Program”.