In a bid to pay respect to the freedom fighter Satish Chandra Samanta, Haldia Development Authority has decided to take several initiatives including naming its administrative building after his name.
The state Transport minister, Suvendu Adhikari, who is also the chairman of the development authority, said that the erstwhile Left Front government did nothing to pay respect to the freedom fighter.
Adhikari went to Mahishadal to pay his homage on the 117th birthday of the freedom fighter. He garlanded a statue of Satish Chandra Samanta.
He said that every year various programmes are organised on this day in his honour.
The work for restoration of the dilapidated house of the freedom fighter is in progress and steps have also been taken to set up a museum to preserve the materials used by him.
Adhikari said that they have also placed their demand of changing the name of the Haldia Dock in the name of Satish Chandra Samanta’s name.
On Thursday four ambulances have been introduced on the occasion of the freedom fighter’s birthday.
Samanta had left Bengal Engineering College, when he was in second year, and joined the freedom movement. He remained MP for more than 30 years from 1952 to 1977 and is still considered as a source of inspiration by the people.
People recollect the leadership given by him when Tamralipta Jatiya Sarkar in Tamluk during the Quit India Movement.
He was arrested by the British police in June, 1943 and till then he had looked after the functioning of Tamralipta Jatiya Sarkar.