Kiran Bedi in celebration of 55th De Jure Transfer Day on August 16

, 12:56 PM IST

Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, ministers and legislators will take part the 55th De Jure Transfer Day of Puducherry celebrations at a border village on August 16.

Sources in the Directorate of Information and Publicity Directorate sources told PTI that they would participate in the celebration at the border village of Kizhoor and felicitate the freedom fighters of Puducherry that day.

Kizhoor was the venue for the referendum in October 1954 and the overwhelming verdict favoured liberation of Puducherry and its constituent regions from French regime, paving the way for the merger of Puducherry with Indian Union.

The de facto merger took place in 1954 and this was followed by de jure transfer of power on August 16, 1962.

Puducherry Freedom Fighters Movement President D Sivaradjou told PTI a detailed letter had been written to the Home Ministry seeking the Centre`s directives to government to hold the function on Aug 16 to highlight the significance of the day.

August 16 is a public holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act in the Union Territory of Puducherry.