Ranchi: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has announced that January 23 will be a public holiday in the state to mark the 123rd birth anniversary of late freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

"Chief minister Hemant Soren has declared a public holiday on January 23 to mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose," read a tweet in Hindi from Jharkhand Chief Minister's Office (CMO).

Soren said that Jharkhand had been the 'Karam Bhoomi' of Bose and his contribution to the freedom struggle will never be forgotten.

"Jharkhand has also been the 'Karam Bhoomi' of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. His contribution to ensuring independence to India can never be forgotten. We all should take inspiration from his life. The youth should contribute to the state and country service by following in the footsteps of Netaji," Soren said in a follow-up tweet.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was born on January 23, 1897 in Cuttack to Prabhavati Dutt Bose and Janakinath Bose, an advocate belonging to a Kayastha family. He was the ninth in a family of 14 children.