Union Home Minister P Chidambaram while promising to take up the issue of a special financial package for Goa with the Prime Minister and union Finance Minister however remained non-committal on Goa’s demand for Special Status that has to be dealt by his own ministry.
Chidambaram addressing nearly 800 freedom fighters at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on Sunday for the All India Goa Freedom Fighters’ Convention organized as part of Goa’s Golden Jubilee celebration did not comment on Special Status at all and after the function when questioned by media persons refused to comment on it.
While acknowledging that Goa has made a lot of progress to emerge as a model State for the rest of the country, he urged the authorities and people of Goa to keep its environment unpolluted.
He accepted Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s plea that Goa needed special funds particularly to erect the required infrastructure and said he would urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to consider Goa’s case.
He also urged Goa to provide the additional details sought by his department to clear the 23 cases of recognition of freedom fighters, which was also referred to by the chief minister in his address.
Earlier in his address, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat made a fervent plea to accord Special Status for Goa and pointed out that having joined the nation late, the State had lost out on two plan periods which need to be compensated.
Besides, he pointed out that Goa’s performance has been far better than many of the other State of India on various fronts and therefore argued that it was a fit case to be granted Special Status.
Both Kamat and Chidambaram paid glowing tributes to the freedom fighters for their valiant struggles and sacrifices and both expressed a hope that 19th December will be an all India celebration when Goa observes the Golden Jubilee of its liberation by the Indian Army.