Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy felicitated the daughter of India's flagman late Pingali Venkaiah, the architect of India's national flag, during the inauguration of the 'Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav' to mark 75 years of India's Independence.

Jagan visited the residence of Seethamahalakshmi (99), Pingali's daughter, and felicitated her. He also provided financial assistance of Rs. 75 Lakhs to ensure the family's financial security.

Pingali Venkaiah, also known as 'Jhanda Venkaiah', dedicated his life to the service of the nation and took part in the freedom movement. He first presented a rudimentary design of the national flag to Mahatma Gandhi in Vijayawada on 31 March 1921.

Jagan requested the Prime Minister to confer the Bharat Ratna (posthumously) to Pingali Venkaiah to acknowledge his life and contribution. "The country has lost several decades without recognizing the untiring efforts of late Pingali Venkaiah, who gifted the first designs and specimen of the national flag. It is in this light, I request your kind self to confer Bharat Ratna (posthumously) upon Shri Pingali Venkaiah that would not only bequeath peace on to his parted soul but also fulfil the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh," he said.

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