Governor Dr. (Smt.) Mridula Sinha today said that the State Government is committed to make Goa Garbage and Plastic Free by 2019.

          The Governor was addressing the gathering  after unfurling  the  national tricolor on the occasion of 69th Republic Day at a State level function  held at Sports Authority of Goa Ground at Campal, Panaji today.

          The Republic Day ceremony was attended by the Chief Minister of Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar, Union Minister of State for AAYUSH (Independent Charge) Shri Shripad Naik, Minister for Revenue Shri Rohan Khaute, Minister for Art and Culture Shri Govind Gaude and Chief Secretary Shri Dharmendra Sharma(IAS).

          The Governor reviewed the Parade on the occasion and also presented Union Home Minister’s  Medal for Excellence in Police Training for the year 2014-2015 to  Head Constable Shri Suraj M. Patil.

          The Governor while appealing to the people to support the endevours of the State Government in ‘Swacchata Abhiyan” said that despite all possible efforts initiated by the State Government to tackle garbage menace  it is visible scattered on roads and at public places which she pointed out is disappointing . It is therefore felt necessary  that each one of us should vow that “I will not make the place dirty and will not allow others to do so at public places”. This small  habit will help  to make Goa number one State in the  country in the area of cleanliness she said.

          Highlighting the significance of Constitution of India the Governor said  that  the people of the country must be made aware about their rights and duties  enshrined in the constitution. This will help  to develop the nation and to achieve social,  economic justice and uniformity. In this  context, the Governor informed that in order to create greater awareness about the  constitution  Indian Constitution Week was celebrated in the State from January 19 to January 25, 2018.

          The Governor said Republic Day Celebration is an appropriate occasion to  rededicate ourselves for the development of the country in right perspective. The Governor expressed  concern over the fact that despite constant efforts our country is facing problems such as  poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition and unemployment and  at the same time due to manmade problems  such as terrorism, violence, extremist,  communalism, nexalites, atrocities on women  among others which causes danger to our national integration and economic development. It is our duty to strengthen democracy and secularism to get rid of these issues she added.

          Stating  that education play a pivotal role for  social transformation and national development  the Governor highlighted the contribution of teaching community not only to impart  education and gain employment  but also to face challenges ahead of them besides for creation of a better society and in nation building.

          The Governor expressed happiness to note that  as per the report published by the Union  Ministry of Women and Child development  Goa is the safest State in the country for  Women. We should proud of the fact that Goa is amongst the first State in India on security aspects which is a big achievement and we all should maintain it, she added.

          The Governor said that Goa is the only country to have Uniform Civil Code. In this context, she said that she had  made a thorough study and found   that the conditions of women in  Goa is much better compared to the women from rest of the country. The Governor said out of the 100 cities selected under National Smart City Project, Panaji is one amongst them. She said the  State Government is making efforts to make Panaji the capital of Goa ‘Soak Pit’ free by 2020 under the Smart City Project.

          The Governor also touched upon  various  aspects and said though  Goa is a small  dot on the world map, it has maintained its unique identity in the world through its  achievements. Let us re-dedicate ourselves  for  the development of the nation  and protect our  motherland she asserted.

          The students from Bal Bhavan and other schools from Panaji and its  surrounding areas presented mass dance  and patriotic songs on the occasion.

          Others who attended the Republic  Day function included Secretaries to the  Government, Heads of Government departments, Freedom  Fighters, councilors, Social Workers and a  large number of students.

          Earlier, the Governor on her  arrival at the venue was received  by  Chief Minister of Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Secretary Shri Dharmendra Sharma(IAS), Director General of Police, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area.

          Dr. Dayanand Rao compered the function.