Arlekar lauds Kannadigas’ role in Goa’s development

VASCO: The Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, Mr Rajendra Arlekar stated that the Kannadigas have played a major role in the development of the state and that they have been an integral part of Goan culture.

He was addressing the gathering on the occasion of 6th Kannada Sahitya Sanskritik Samelan, organised by Goa Karnataka Sangh at MPT institute in Vasco on Sunday. The Minister for Forest and Environment, Ms Alina Saldanha, Law Commission chairman, Mr Narendra Savoikar, South Goa MP, Mr Francisco Sardinha, Mormugao Planning and Development Authority chairman, Mr Krishna Salkar, zilla panchayat South Goa, chairperson, Ms Nelly Rodrigues, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Margao, Mr Mohan Naik, Goa Karnataka Sangh president, Mr Siddanna Meti, president of the samelan, Mr Devendrappa Balatage and others were present on the dais.

Addressing further, Mr Arlekar stated that the India has various states and languages, but the culture and tradition here is followed by all the people, irrespective of caste and creed. "Likewise, Kannadigas have given their biggest contribution for the development of Goa and they should strive to render more support in the coming years," added Mr Arlekar.

"Our country has a rich tradition and apart from that Indians have maintained the unity in diversity for hundreds of years," said Mr Arlekar. He congratulated the members and executive members of the Goa Karnataka Sangh for organising their 6th Kannada Sahitya Sanskritik Samelan in Vasco, where they have made sincere efforts to bring all the community people together.

Ms Saldanha while speaking on the occasion said that Zuarinagar and Birla locality which is coming under her Cortalim constituency, has a majority of Kannadigas and whatever promises made by her late husband, Mathany Saldanha during the time of assembly election in the manifesto to the Kannadigas would be fulfilled.

Ms Rodrigues in her speech said that the state government led by Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar has given special attention to the people in the state and that she was confident that the issues and the grievances pertaining to the Kannadigas would be sorted out by the Chief Minister.

Earlier, 6th Kannada Sahitya Sanskritik Samelan was inaugurated by lighting the traditional lamp at the hands of Mr Arlekar. The dignitaries on the dais were also felicitated at the hands of Mr Meti and other executive members of the Sangh. A minute’s silence was observed to remember the late prime minister, Indrakumar Gujral and late Mathany Saldanha.

The samelan saw various cultural events like dances performed by the artists of Kannada. Mr Savoikar, Mr Sardinha, Mr Salkar, Mr Naik and other guests also addressed the people.

The function was compered by Mr Mahesh Babu and Mr Nagesh Lamani. Mr Meti proposed the vote of thanks.