Jamir urges people to strengthen democracy, secularism

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Panaji, Jan 26 (UNI) Goa Governor S C Jamir today appealed to the people to re-dedicate themselves to strengthen democracy, secularism and communal harmony to make the state reach great heights.

The Governor was speaking on the occasion of the 59th Republic Day celebrations at the Parade Ground here. He unfurled the National Flag and reviewed the parade. As part of the celebrations, students from various schools presented a cultural programme.

''We need peace. Peace is a pre-requisite for making any great achievements and accomplishments,'' the Governor said.

''Our defence forces are well prepared to meet any situation -- both internal and external,'' Mr Jamir said, while urging the people to resolve to fight all anti-national and divisive forces ''which have been raising their ugly heads in many parts of the country to disrupt our peace and progress''.

He said the Republic Day was an occasion to remember all those illustrious leaders from all regions and religions who selfessly ''struggled, suffered and sacrificed'' their precious lives for the supreme cause of the country's freedom.

The Governor said Tourism continued to play a major role in the economic development of Goa, and special emphasis had been laid for the creation of better infrastructure for sustainable development of tourism.

All steps are being taken to make the Goa University a ''Centre of excellence'' so that the younger generation receives the best quality of education, he said.

The Governor presented the police gold medals to Superintendent of Police Jose Allen Fred De Sa and DySP Mohan Naik. Head constable Anand V Mone, Home Guard volunter Lalu Laximan Parmar, Home Guard Platoon Commander Ashok D Mangueshkar, Home Guard Honorary Platoon commander Suresh S Priolkar, besides Anganwadi workers -- Dayanrupi V Phadte and Meena B Budke, were also honoured.

Among those present at the function were Chief Minister Digamber Kamat, Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsinh Rane, Finance Minister Dayanand Narvekar, among others.

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