Mangaluru, Aug 15,2017 : The 71st Independence Day was celebrated with great patriotic fervour at the Nehru Maidan here on August 15, Tuesday with DK District in-charge Minister B Ramanatha Rai hoisting the tricolour and receiving the guard of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Rai called upon the people to remember the valiant freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the cause of their motherland and inculcate the noble values of those great men for a prosperous India. He also called upon the people to defeat the disruptive forces which are trying to break the unity of the nation and destroy its secular fabric.
Rai also spoke about the achievements of the state government as well as the several schemes launched by it. He even informed about the Matsyashraya, Matsya Vahini and other schemes meant for the upliftment of the fishermen. As many as 12 projects have been initiated to boost tourism, he said adding in order to build good approach roads to SC/ST colonies the government has released Rs 9 crores.
As many as 30 villages have been selected under the Chief Minister’s Village Development Programme, he said adding each village would get Rs 1 crore for various developmental works.
The Minister informed that as many as 348 families in DK have benefitted from the Rajiv Gandhi Arogya Bhagya scheme. The District Wenlock Hospital will be upgraded at a cost of Rs 5 crore he added.
Rai also stated that Rs 100 crore has been set aside for the Paschima Vahini Project and added that an RTA office will also be established in Bantwal.
Sunil Ivan Menezes from Vogga, Sharath Kumar from Ullal and Naveen Kumar from Uppinangady received Harish Santhwana Jeeva Rakshaka Award. Health cards were given to four journalists under Rajiv Gandhi Arogya Bhagya scheme.
An attractive march past was held on the occasion. The first place when to NCC Air Wing Senior NCC Naval Senior and road safety girls while the second place went to NCC Army Major.
SSLC toppers from different schools received laptops on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner KG Jagadeesha, Police Commissioner T R Suresh, SP Sudheer Kumar Reddy, Mayor Kavitha Sanil and others were present.