Panaji : December 19, 2016 ….. Stating that Goa has emerged as one of the most developed and fastest growing  state in all developmental spheres in India Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar  has appealed to the people of the state to extend their support and co-operation to the Government to make Goa as a model state in various sectors. Goa, he said has progressed well and ranks first among smaller states in the country in the area of infrastructure and health, but we should not remain complacent over the achievements as renewed and determined efforts are needed to make Goa  as a model state in the world.

Chief Minister was speaking   on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Liberation of Goa at the State level function held at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim  today.

The Chief Minister said during last four and half years his Government has been successful in reaching out to  every section of people in the state with various welfare schemes, which substantially helped the Government in giving relief to the people at micro level in true sense.

The Chief  Minister reviewed the noteworthy  progress made by the state in varied sectors  such as education, agriculture, information technology, infrastructure, industries , transport among other sectors. The efforts of the Government has yielded positive results in taking Goa further on the path of  progress and development and generate employment to large number of educated unemployed youth.

Earlier the Chief Minister unfurled the National Flag and reviewed the parade.

On the occasion the Chief Minister presented Chief Minister`s Police (Gold) Medal for Meritorious service to Dy. Superintendent of Police Shri. Nelson Albuquerque, Police Inspector Shri. Sudesh Naik, Police  Inspector Shri. Shaikh Haydar Ismail Karol, Police sub- inspector Shri. Vinayak Patil, PSI Shri Dattaram Raut, Lady Head Constable Miss Sarita Parsekar and Police Constable Shri. Zubear A.Momin.

Shri. Prasad Purso Velip from welwada Poinguinim was felicitated with Krishi Ratna award for his immense contribution in the field of agriculture. Krishi Vibhushan award was presented to Shri. Vithal Kandeparkar from Usgalimol Quepem, Shri. Laxmikant Dhond  from Velge, Sakhali was awarded with Krishi Bhushan award.

Chief Minister`s Fire Service  Medal for Meritorious services was presented  to Station fire Officer Shri. Herculano Gil Souza, Fire Fighter Shri. Prashant G. Dhargalkar, Diver Operator Shri. Mahadev Pokale. Besides many personalities from various fields were presented awards for their contribution in respective fields. These includes Shri. Jivanand Gaude (Rassaim Loutolim),  Shri.Dhannanjay Shetgaokar (Morjim), Shri. Suresh  Kamat (Kudne Sankhali), Shri. Ladu Shamba Parwar (Vaddem Vasco),  Shri. Pandurang Gaonkar (Camurlim Bardez), Shri. Sulabha Gaonkar (Kakoda Quepem), Shri. Raghuvir Mahale (Mala Panaji),  Shri. Shamba Gaude (Dharbandora) Shri. Shrikant Gaonkar (Cancona) Shri. Durgaprasad Vaidya  ( Bethoda Ponda) and Shri. Sanjay Raikar (Sanguem).

Awards for being best Disabled employees/ employers/NGOs were presented to Shri. Gaurav Narvekar, Shri. Kush Naik (Best Disabled employee), Shri. Jacinto Pinto (Mapusa), Fr. Mavrick Fernandes (Best Disabled employer), St. Francis Xaviers Training Centre and St. Xavier Academy (Best NGO).

Union Minister of State for AYUSH  (Independent Charge) Shri. Shripad Naik, Tourism Minister Shri. Dileep Parulekar, Leader of opposition Shri Pratapsingh Rane, MLA’s, Advocate General  Shri. Saresh Lotlikar, Chief Secretary Shri. R.K. Srivastava, Director General of Police Shri. Muktesh Chandar, Secretaries to the Government and other Senior officers from State Administration were present on the occasion.