PANJJIM, NOV 23
President of India Pratibha Devsingh Patil today called for measures for improving green cover in the areas affected by mining and for maintaining Goa’s reputation as a tourist destination.
Responding to a civic reception held in her honour at NIO auditorium at Dona Paula, the President also spoke about upgrading standard of education at all levels and mooted an educational hub for
Stating that Goa is renowned for its scenic beauty, its rich architectural heritage, its vibrant culture and its diverse flora and fauna, the President said this is what has made
For this, what is required is “a continuous focus on developing and maintaining the tourism infrastructure, looking after the safety of tourists, as well as hospital service sector by all the stakeholders.” She also hoped that efforts would also be made to conserve and preserve the unique natural environment of
The President felt that
The President also suggested that more afforestation efforts should be undertaken in areas where mining has occurred.
In her 13-minute speech, she said the aim should be 100 per cent literacy and upgradation of standard of education at all levels, to produce skilled workers with higher levels of productivity.
She suggested that the State government should look at developing
She however, had a word of caution for the young people. “While it’s our duty to provide education and skills to the young people, they too must be responsible”. Stating that there is a tendency to consume drugs among the youth, she urged them to be cautious. She felt they should be made aware of the negative fall-outs of drug consumption through awareness campaigns.
On the employment front, the President favoured a pragmatic and employment-oriented vision for the youth in the new, emerging and growing sectors like IT, biotech and pharmaceuticals among others besides self-employment.
While Goa is turning more urban, the President reminded
For this, she made it clear that the onus is not just on the government authorities but also on those living there. “Every inhabitant has a role to play and I have great confidence that the people of the State would work together to keep
Earlier, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Governor Dr S S Sidhu, Forest Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Panchayats Minister Manohar (Babu) Azgaonkar, Mayor Caroline Po also spoke.