PANAJI: Looking at religious tolerance and complete communal harmony in the state, even the tourists are tempted to make Goa as their home, said Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion of the felicitation of Muslim meritorious students, organised by the Association of All Goa Muslim Jamaats, in city, the Chief Minister said the secular fabric and secular image of the state, known the world over, should be protected at all costs. He said that the state is surging ahead with Konkani as our identity. Appealing to the community, he said one should respect each other’s religious feelings.
“Let there be complete religious harmony so that Goa becomes the role model for all,” he added.
He said that “Muslims by nature are hardworking and if this hard work is supplemented with education then they can create wonders,” adding the government will not leave any stone unturned to help educate Muslim community members within the frame work of the rules.
“A large number of community members need to be brought into the mainstream by providing them education,” he said adding, no child should remain uneducated due to financial issues.
“We don’t allow incidents of the nature which occurred in northern parts of the country, which give rise to communal tension,” he said adding, there are some people who take advantage of these incidents just to strengthen their vote bank.
“Previously Muslims and Christians didn’t have faith in Bharatiya Janata Party. But, when six MLAs were elected to power their suspicion was over,” he said and expressed happiness that nearly 75 per cent of meritorious students were girls.
“Education is not about acquiring degrees but acquiring knowledge, and knowledge in the present era is the most powerful weapon to fight all the evils, and it keeps us united,” stated chairman of Goa Meat Complex Lyndon Monteiro.
Monteiro said, “There are a lot of innocent kids who are deprived of education and forced to do jobs at a very tender age. However, this is not the case in Goa.”
Appealing to the students present, he said the onus lies on them to fulfil the aspirations of their parents, teachers and the country, and added that the dynamic Parsekar government is doing everything for development of education in the state.
The president of Association of All Goa Muslim Jamaats Bashir Shaikh also spoke. Around 125 meritorious students were felicitated on the occasion.