Mangalore, Aug 15: The District Administration celebrated 68th Independence Day at Nehru Maidan on August 15, Friday.
District in charge minister and Minister for Forest Environment and Ecology Ramanath Rai, hoisted the National Flag and later he received the guard of honour.
Rai in his speech said that people of our country must recall the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters, for their assured protection to our lives.
He said that after coming into power, Congress government has worked hard for the development of the state. CM Siddharamaiah has always given importance for the upliftment of poor and down trodden.
Rai also briefed on the developmental projects implemented for the farmers, fishermen and pension scheme for widows.
Later Minister handed over five auto rickshaws to five people, one eco car and a Maruthi van to each under Integrated Tribal development scheme.
Team including DAR, KSRP, civil police, traffic police, women police, home guards, fire and safety personnel, NCC army, NCC naval, NCC air wing, scouts, guides, road safety patrol girls and boys, Bala Seva Dal girls and boys and Police band enthralled the audience with their beautiful march past.
Mayor Mahabala Marla, DC A B Ibrahim, SP Sharanabasappa, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLC Ivan D’Souza, MLA J R Lobo, ZP president Asha Thimmappa Gowda and DK Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura others were present.
Later, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel inaugurated the Independence Day Cup cricket tourney.