No special status, but fianance package: Chidamabaram

PTI, PANAJI | 14 August 2011 21:15 IST

P Chidambaram at Sneh Meelan in Margao

Union Home minister P Chidambaram today said that the centre may offer a financial package to Goa government on the 50th year of its liberation but refused to promise a special status for the state.

Chidambaram, who was in Goa to participate in a function to felicitate
freedom fighters who worked to liberate the state from Portuguese
rule, said that union government should generously come forward and
fund the development of the state.

“I will plead with the Prime Minister and Union Finance Minister to
offer funding for the growth of the state,” the union minister said in
presence of Goa Chief Minister Digambar kamat and other dignitaries in
Margao town, 35 kms away from Panaji.

He said that Goa has been fastest developing state in the country and
despite being liberated much after India’s independence, the state has
matched the pace of progress.

Earlier, Kamat, in his speech, had requested Chidambaram to consider
the proposal of a special status for the state. The chief minister had
said that the state has lost two five year plans and hence should get
the special status to compensate the loss.

“Goa has limitations as far as financial resources are concerned,” Kamat said.

Chidambaram, however, was non-committal on the issue of special
status. “How can I talk about special status,” he said responding to a
question posed by Journalists after the function.

Goa government’s Art and Culture department had organized one day long
Sneh Milan, a convention of freedom fighters from across the country
who had fought to liberate Goa.

The convention saw 800-odd freedom fighters participating in it.


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Goa State is the hen laying golden eggs so far as the Central Govt. is concerned. There i a heavy flow of revenue from Goa to Delhi where as the infrastructure here needs lot of capital investment. The States should never be treated like colonies and should be given adequate resources for developing the infrastructure like roads, power underground cables, water supply, garbage disposal, entertainment facilities etc.It is our legitimate due and not alms......

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 15 th August 2011 09:40

 

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