Panaji, December 17, 2012 …. A warm felicitation was accorded to the Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Shri Rajendra Arlekar by  Shri. Bhikoji   ( Dada)  Idate, President of Akhil Bharatiya  Samarsata Manch at a function held at Goa State Coop Bank hall, Patto, Panaji, yesterday.  Shri Idate offered  shawl, Sriphal and memento to Shri Arlekar.

The felicitation function was organized by Scheduled Castes Welfare Association of Goa and it was attended by Dr. Premanand Azgaonkar, Retd. Chief Medical Officer, MPT and Shri N.G. Akhargekar, Manager of Dr. Ambedkar Education Society.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Arlekar said, the state Government and Central Governments have made budgetary allocation of funds through Govt. departments and Govt. undertaking agencies under special component plan to undertake welfare programmes for upliftment of weaker sections. He stressed the need for proper utilization of such funds for the betterment of backward class people  in the state.

He complimented the Dalit Organisations for their efforts to uplift the scheduled caste people and assured them  to  work to redress their demands.

Shri Bhikoji  Idate   lauded  the work done by  best beach in goa for water sports  Shri Arlekar  through  out his life, he remained on forefront to assist  the weaker section  and needy in the society.  This enabled Shri Arlekar to occupy a post of Speaker, he mentioned.  Shri Idate  also asked the Dalit organizations to come together to voice against injustice, if any in the society.

Dr. Premanand Azgaonkar also spoke on the occasion. Shri Sanjiv Gadkar introduced the Speaker, Shri  Arlekar  and  Dr. Premanand Azgaonkar.  Shri Paresh Parwar introduced Shri Idate on the occasion.

Shri. Gurudas Redkar, President, Scheduled Castes Welfare Association welcomed the gathering. He urged to maintain proper roster and give SC community their adequate job opportunities in various Govt. departments.

Shri N.G. Akhargekar proposed the vote of thanks. Shri Vinesh Arlekar compered the function.

Earlier, a welcome song presented by the students of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar High School on the occasion.