Panaji, Dec 18 (UNI) Greeting Goans on the eve of its 46th Liberation Day, Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today pleaded for maintaining harmony and cosmopolitan culture to make Goa a role model to other states.
They also paid rich tributes to those who laid their lives for liberating Goa. They were addressing the society through the All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan Mr Jamir, in his message, sought cooperation of the people for achieving rapid progress, peace and progress in the erstwhile Portuguese colony, besides contributing to development of the nation.
Obliquely referring to various infrastructure projects now being opposed by a section of society, the Govenor said ''People should adopt a cogent and balanced approach to ensure that economic development does not suffer and at the same time, the special and endearing features of their environment are also preserved.'' Mr Kamat, in a separate address, reiterated his resolve to improve the lot of the common man through various schemes, while claiming that he had made sincere efforts to benefit the 'aam aadmi' (common man) during his six months rule.
''I am sensitive and responsive to the aspirations of the people, and any decision concerning the people will be taken respecting public opinion in the interest of the people and the state,'' Mr Kamat added.
Assuring transparency in the functioning of his government, the Chief Minister said he was for encouraging non-polluting industries, including the IT, to provide youth with jobs, even while giving top priority to education and health.
Goa will be the first state in the country to extend Broad Band connectivity with value added services at the doorstep of the people as part of e-governance and transparency while boosting economy of the state, Mr Kamat added.