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GOVERNOR EXTENDS STATEHOOD DAY GREETINGS

                                                                                                            Panaji, May 29, 2018

                                                                                                            Jyaistha 8, 1940

 

            The Governor of Goa has extended her cordial greetings and best wishes to the people of Goa on the occasion of the Statehood day of Goa. The Governor in her message has  congratulated  people for the splendid achievements made by them in various spheres after Goa’s liberation, particularly after Statehood. It is on this day in 1987, that Goa became the 25 th State of the Indian Union, giving it a more honourable and distinct identity.

 

            The Governor said Statehood Day is an important milestone in the political history of our beautiful State. It symbolizes the fulfillment of a long-felt need of the people, to be the masters of their own destiny, while marching ahead hand- in-hand with their counterparts in the rest of our great country. Small is always beautiful. Goa is a small and beautiful Indian State, and it has always been important for the history of India as it was the chief trading centre, and also it has attracted merchants and traders from all parts of the world. Goa also attracted spiritual leaders and missionaries and this has left a distinct impression on various aspects of Goa’s culture and is also known as a land of spirituality. Also, Goa has been governed by many ancient dynasties and has a mention in the mythology as well.

 

            The Governor said when Portuguese refused to give its possessions to India after India attained freedom from the British, unarmed Indians were killed in their struggle to liberate Goa from Portugal’s control. On 18th December 1961 Indian army crossed Goa’s border. After more than 36 hours long Operation Vijay, Goa was taken over by India. After liberation a major controversy arose as to whether Goa should remain a separate territory or should merge into a neighboring State, Maharashtra or Karanataka. In 1967, an opinion poll was held, the only such referendum in independent India. The Goan opinion poll showed that the state’s residents wanted to retain its own identity and didn’t want to be assimilated into its neighboring state Maharashtra, despite Maharashtra pushing for it. But it wasn’t until 1987 that Goa was officially declared India’s  25th  state by then Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandhi. Five years later, Goa’s local language, Konkani, was recognized as one of India’s 22nd official regional languages.

 

            After the Liberation of Goa from the dictatorship of the Portuguese, the walls between Goa and the rest of India were demolished and Goans became part and parcel of our motherland India. Liberated Goa witnessed tremendous development in all fields. Social, educational, economic and cultural development took off at a fast pace. In the recent past, Goa has often been adjudged as one of the best states in the country.

 

            The Governor said development is an unending process. In these days of modernization and globalization, we have to set new trends in our progressive activities in keeping with the changing conditions of life. Goa has abundant resources, both human and material which need to be put to optimum use. Opportunities are knocking at our doors. With a very stable network of communication – a major sea-port, an international airport, connecting the State with the rest of the country and the world, rail, road and inland waterways, Goa can make accelerated progress. Goa has a sound educational foundation, especially in higher education. With all these resources, it should be possible to make Goa a highly developed State.

 

            Goa has acquired fame throughout the world for its natural beauty, cultural background and the hospitable and peaceful nature of the people. There has always been an atmosphere of unity and brotherhood among the people belonging to different sections of Goan society. Many outstanding figures in politics, public life, law and administration, social service, medicine and education, art, culture and literature have come from this beautiful State of the country. It is my hope that the State will maintain its great traditions and promote them and remain to be peaceful and secular State.

 

            The Governor has appealed to the people, on this important and valuable occasion to dedicate themselves unitedly to make Goa a more prosperous and egalitarian society of peace and tranquility of enterprise and creativity, driven by knowledge and shaped by human and spiritual values, and of economic stability and accelerated development.

 

            “As a brand ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, I continued my efforts to create better awareness among the people for maintaining cleanliness at all places. I am happy to mention that there has been encouraging and positive response from all the citizens, in regard to the implementation of this programme. ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ a campaign declared by  Prime Minister of India was observed in the State of Goa from 15th September, 2017 to 2nd October, 2017, and therefore, various activities were done during this period. Cleanliness is not a work which we should do forcefully. It is a good habit and healthy way for a healthy life. All type of cleanliness is very necessary for our good health whether it is personal hygiene, surrounding cleanliness, environment cleanliness, pet animal cleanliness or work place cleanliness like school, college, office, beaches and mine areas. We should never compromise on hygiene and cleanliness, it is as necessary as food and water for us. It should be practiced from the childhood which can only be initiated by each parent as a first and foremost responsibility. It is notable that Goans have high regards for their cultural, artistic, spiritual history and also all-round achievements in a short period of time after attaining Statehood. These qualities are desirable for the constant betterment of a progressive State like Goa”. Governor further said.

 

            On Goa Statehood Day, the Governor has conveyed  her best wishes to the people of Goa. May the State scale new heights of progress in the years to come, She added.

 

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