Panaji: Goa`s oldest regional political
outfit, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), on Friday released
its election manifesto which promises, among other things, to
retain Konkani and Marathi as mediums of instruction (MOI) at
the primary level.
"MOI for primary education will be either Konkani or
Marathi or any other Indian language (as against English),"
MGP working president Narayan Sawant told reporters in Panaji
The party has also said that it would ensure use of local
languages in the day-to-day official communications.
MGP is contesting next month`s Goa assembly polls in
alliance with BJP. MOI has been one of the crucial issues in
Last year, Congress-led government decided to extend
government grants to English-medium schools too, apart from
Konkani/Marathi schools. MGP is opposed to the decision.
The party, which ruled Goa for 18 years after liberation
from the Portuguese rule in 1961, has also promised that it
would promote agriculture and horticulture. The manifesto
speaks of ensuring "deserving rates and market for
agricultural products". Transportation of agricultural
products would be subsidised.
It also promises to stop illegal mining, and to encourage