The navy has said it has had to cancel its plan to unfurl the national flag on the island of Sao Jacinto in South Goa on Independence Day after local residents objected, after which Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant asked the naval authorities to to proceed with the flag-raising program as planned and issued a stern warning to the islanders that “anti-India activities” would be dealt with with an “iron fist”.
Prime Minister Pramod Sawant said it was “unfortunate and shameful” that some people on the island objected to the raising of the flag, adding that his government would not tolerate such “anti-India” acts.
As part of the nationwide ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ program to commemorate 75 years of independence, the Defense Ministry has planned to roll out the national flag on islands across the country between August 13 and 15, officials said.
A spokesman for the navy’s INS Hansa base in Goa said on Friday that a team from Goa Naval Area has visited the islands of Goa, including Sao Jacinto Island, as part of this pan-Indian initiative.
“However, the plan on the island of Sao Jacinto had to be canceled because the residents objected,” said the navy spokesperson.
The island of Sao Jacinto in Goa is located near the town of Vasco in the South Goa district.
The naval officer said the nationwide… Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav An initiative has been taken to instill a sense of patriotism and celebrate the run-up to India’s 75th year of independence.
Commenting on the Navy’s announcement to cancel the flag-raising program, Prime Minister Pramod Sawant said on Twitter late Friday night: “It is unfortunate and shameful that some individuals on the island of St. Jacinto have objected to the raising of the flag.” of the national flag by the Indian Navy on the occasion of India’s Independence Day. I condemn this and would like to declare that my government will not tolerate such acts.”
I have requested the Indian Navy to go ahead with their original plan and have secured full cooperation from the Goa Police. These attempts at anti-Indian activities will be dealt with with an iron fist. It will always be Nation First.2/2
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) August 13, 2021
“I have requested the Indian Navy to go ahead with their original plan and I have assured the full cooperation of the Goa Police Force. These attempts at anti-Indian activities will be dealt with with an iron fist. It will always be Nation First,” he added. he to it.
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