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Panjim : July 7, 2018

President of India Shri. Ram Nath Kovind today expressed his affection and appreciation towards people of Goa for being peace loving and progressive State. President Shri. Kovind along with the first lady of India Smt. Savita Kovind received heart warming Civic reception hosted by Government of Goa at NIO, Dona Paula. Governor of Goa Dr. (Smt) Mridula Sinha, Chief  Minister Shri. Manohar Parrikar, Speaker,  Goa Legislative Assembly Dr.Pramod Sawant, Ex-Chief  Minister and Poriem MLA Shri. Pratapsingh Rane, Mayor, Corporation of City of Panaji Shri. Vitthal Chopdekar were present on the dais.

The responsibility of organising Civic Reception was entrusted to the Department of Information and Publicity.

President in his address appreciated the growth and development achieved by the Goa in the field of Infrastructure, Education, Health, Sports etc. He lauded the Chief Minister Shri. Manohar Parrikar for taking the progress of the State to great heights and also compliment him for the remarkable achievements towards Nation in the capacity of Union Minister for Defence.

Goa although being smallest state, it has played an influential role in the Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centres in India, thus it had always been attracting people all over the world making its people Global Citizen in its true sense, the President added.

He also appreciated efforts initiated by the State Government  towards women empowerment through its Schemes called Ladli Laxmi and Griha Adhar. And also expressed happiness over Common Civil Code which prevails in the State.

Governor Dr. (Smt) Mridula Sinha in her address expressed happiness over visit of the President Shri. Ram Nath Kovind to Goa.

Chief  Minister  Shri. Manohar Parrikar in his welcome address congratulated President Shri. Kovind for occupying highest constitutional position, leaving the remarkable foot prints in the field of Education, Administration, Judicial sector and social upliftment.

Secretary Goa Public Service Commission Shri. Amey Abhyankar  IAS read out scroll of honour.

Present on the occasion were Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH Shri. Shripad Naik, Minister for Protocol Shri. Mauvin Godinho, Minister for Revenue Shri. Rohan Khaunte, Member of Parliament Shri. Narendra Sawaikar, Leader of Opposition Shri. Chandrakant Kavlekar, Members of Goa Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary Shri. Dharmendra Sharma IAS, Director General of Police Dr. Muktesh Chander, Senior Government  Officials and Freedom Fighters among others.