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Sarang helicopter display team participating in a Aero Show on the concluding day of the DefExpo

Majority of visitors want DefExpo to return


MARGAO: Delighted with the kind of  display shown at the  DefExpo at Quitol, Naquri in Betul, most of the visitors  stated  that such event gives not only an opportunity  to the youth to know about the latest technology in  defence, but help motivate them in joining defence forces.

When this reporter contacted various sections of people on Thursday on the last day of  DefExpo  to know about the  general  public and others’ reactions  to the  DefExpo,  most of them  wanted it to be held again in Goa  for  various  reasons including  that it would  give business to Goans  and that it would help the youth to know the progress done in the defence sector.

Venkatesh Talaulikar from Quepem said that it was an excellent exhibition and he supports it adding, “People like us would not have got the opportunity to see such latest defence technology. The exhibition also gave opportunity to youth to see the equipment used by military. The land at Quitol was otherwise idle for all these years. The government made good use of it. I must thank the defence minister Manohar Parrikar for that.’’

Sharad Godkar, originally from Sawantwadi, but residing in Mumbai who had come to witness the DefExpo said, “We heard in the past that India has made lot of progress in defence. Today we got an opportunity to see the technology. Seeing is believing. Most of the people do not know the importance of it. It is a costly affair. One or twice is enough. Awareness should be created in other states also.’’

“It should be held again as we will be able to see the military might of our country. It should be held for more days,’’ reacted S Lotlikar, a businessman from Vasco. He said such DefExpo displays how strong our country is. This has to be told to the young and old,’’ he added.

An engineering college student Tejas Karangate, from Navelim said DefExpo held in Goa would help motivate the youth more towards technical side than they joining the defence forces serving the nation. This is a lifetime experience to engineering students, he added.

Such sentiments were also echoed by Venita Parab of Goa College of Engineering. She said, “DefExpo-like shows would give us wider scope in sharpening talents.’’

A school teacher from Balli Alka Phaldessai said she is happy to see the arrangement done at the site. She praised the defence ministry for having it in a remote area in South Goa. “It created a lasting impression on the young people after the Chogm — the international event in 1983,’’ she added.

Businessman Amresh Naik, a petrol pump owner from Cuncolim and who supplied diesel to the DefExpo, and Salil Bhobe, the manager of Nanu Hotels, Marga0 said that it gave business to Goans.

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