Recently the Government of India has announced the release of a Rs 75 commemorative coin on the occasion of 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour for the first time by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Port Blair. A notification in this regard has been issued by the Ministry of Finance.
On December 30, 1943, Bose had hoisted the Tricolour for the first time at Cellular Jail, Port Blair. Bose named Andaman Island as Shaheed and Nicobar Island as Swaraj and appointed INA General AD Loganathan as the governor of the islands. Azad Hind government was not merely a government in exile anymore but had its own land, currency, civil code and stamps. By hoisting the Azad Hind flag, Bose also fulfilled his promise that INA would stand on the Indian soil by the end of 1943.
To commemorate the event a 35-gram commemorative coin will be released. The coin will be composed of 50 per cent silver, 40 per cent copper, and 5 per cent each of nickel and zinc. This coin will bear the portrait of 'Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose' saluting the flag on the background of cellular jail. A numeral 75th along with inscription anniversary will be depicted below the portrait. There will be an inscription in both Devanagari script and English saying 'First Flag Hoisting Day'.
On October 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hoisted the National Flag at Red Fort and unveiled the plaque to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government, formed by Bose.
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