2Panaji, December 19, 2012 … The Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has appealed to the people of Goa to support the Government to make Goa a healthy, capable and developed State in next few years.

Chief Minister was speaking after unfurling the National Flag on the occasion of anniversary of Goa Liberation Day Celebration at State level function at Campal, Panaji.

Speaker Shri Rajendra Arlekar, Co-operation Minister Shri Deepak Dhawalikar, MP Shri Sripad Naik, NRI, Commissioner Dr. Wilfred Misqueita, Adv. Narendra Savoikar, Chairman Law Commission, MLA and Chairman Kala Academy Shri Vishnu Wagh, MLA Shri Pandurang Madkaikar, MLA Shri Rohan Khaute, Smt. Vaidehi Naik, Mayor CCP, Advocate General Shri Atmaram Nadkarni, Smt. Shashikala Kakodkar former Chief Minister, Freedom Fighters, Prominent Citizens, Senior Officers in the Administration and Large number of students attended the celebration of Liberation Day.

Speaking further, Chief Minister said the Government will take stern  action on culprits in drug trafficking and crime against women and children.

He said, the Government had announced zero tolerance to corruption earlier. The efforts of the Government has reduced the corruption. However, people’s cooperation is essential to eradicate corruption.

Chief Minister paid tributes to known and unknown Freedom fighters who sacrificed for the cause of freedom. He said, the Goa was liberated half century ago but some signs of colonial rule are visible in some parts of Goa particularly the place like Mayem in the form of Custodian Property.

Chief Minister said, his Government made efforts to solve this problem during his last tenure and assured it will be solved now in phases.

Referring to economic problem arise due to closure of mining Shri Parrikar said, 25% of Goan people are depended on mining. The Government will put forth its stand before Supreme Court soon. He said, efforts are on to restart legal mining and also employment opportunities will be made available to the people in the mining area in next six months.

The Government will take care that every person in the mining area will get his bread and butter. He said, Mining Sector contributes 20% of revenue to Government Treasury. Presently, though the Government is not receiving this revenue the Government will come out of this situation without taxing the people through innovative payments.

He said, even though VAT on petrol was reduced and non availability of revenue from mining sector the Government has succeeded to increase the revenue of the State by 12%.

Chief Minister said, the Government has honoured assurances given to people and reviewed various schemes. He said, under Dayanand Social Security Scheme financial assistance was hiked `2000/- and Adhar will be implemented soon he added. Schemes

And curbing thefts in tax various up-to 2000 applications under Ladli Laxmi were cleared, Griha

Earlier, Chief Minister reviewed the Parade. Contingents drawn from Police, Fire Force, NCC, Home Guards and various schools participated in the Parade.

Chief Minister presented Chief Minister Police Gold Medals and other State Awards to various personalities on the occasion. PI’s Shri Kiran J. Poduval, Shri Braz T. Menezes, Shri Prabodh B. Shirwaikar, Head Constable’s were recipients of Chief Minister Police Gold Medals.

Agriculturalists, Social Workers, Fire Service Personnel were given awards at the hands of Chief Minister. Chief Minister also presented disabled awards.

On his arrival the Chief Minister was received by Minister for Tourism Shri Dilip Parulekar, Chief Secretary Shri B. Vijayan and DGP Shri Kishan Kumar.

Later, students from various schools presented Cultural programmes and group dances on the occasion.