INDIA IS THE LARGEST & MOST VIBRANT DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY: KATYAL

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District Collector, South, Smt Ruchika Katyal, IAS extending her wishes to the people on the occasion 73rd republic day asserting that today is a day to remember all those who laid their lives in the cause of the nation and their sacrifices said it is also a day to promote love for country and brotherhood.

Smt Katyal unfurled the National tricolor to mark the Republic Day celebrations at District Level held at Mathany Saldhana Administrative Complex, Margao.

Smt Katyal speaking further said, as the country celebrates Republic Day today the biggest achievement of the country is that we continue to be the largest and the most vibrant democratic country of the world. She underscored the responsibility of the people to protect and preserve the assets and infrastructure created and developed by the Government and to participate in every Government programme to realise its objective.

Smt Katyal appealed to the people to participate and contribute to the developmental process of the country. No development is possible without peace and brotherhood, she said and exhorted everyone to maintain the spirit of oneness and unity and diversity which is the strength and beauty of the nation. She said, whenever we talk about our constitution we talk about our rights she said and at the same time pointed out that we should think not just about our rights but about our duties as well. One of our most critical rights as well as duty is to vote. While India marks its 73rd Republic Day, Goa is on the threshold of an important election. With the Assembly elections coming up she urged all eligible voters to exercise their right carefully without fear and remembering the fact that millions of our countrymen laid their life so that each of us enjoys this right equally without any discrimination. Smt Katyal further said, we can best honour the memory of our founding fathers only when we vote, keeping the interest of the State and Nation in the mind and rising above any parochial considerations.

Smt Katyal stating that a rebel for a cause is a keyword, appealed to rise for the right causes and fight towards eradicating evil and rebel in a manner that respects our democratic ethos. Taking a strong stand against those who lie and divide the society – it’s all part of being a good citizen and more importantly a better human being. It is indeed a noble aim to have a decent attitude to keep towards Nationalism, she added.

She further said that, what we should all know about republic day is that many gave their lives and liberties so that we can have this guiding document – the constitution of India. We have the most wonderful constitution in the world. So if we reduce republic day ceremony to a ritual we are letting India down. She exhorted everyone to do their job beautifully and with the right intention. She said upholding the law and duty before self are the two thoughts we should keep in our minds and wished that may India and its citizens work hard and prosper.

On her arrival, Smt. Katyal was received by Superintendent of Police, South, Shri Abhishek Dhania, IPS. She also received guard of honour and inspected parade and March past presented by contingents of Police, Home Guards and Goa Human Resource Development Corporation guards and took salute. Art and Culture music teachers presented patriotic songs. Shri Anil Pai compared the programme.

MLA, Shri Churchill Alemao; Freedom Fighters, Additional Collector-I, Shri Surendra Naik; Additional Collector-II, Shri Sanjit Rodrigues; Deputy Collectors, Smt Jyoti Kumari, IAS; Shri Prasad Volvoikar were present on the occasion

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