Panaji: The Centre may offer a financial
package to Goa to boost its growth, Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram on Sunday indicated, but refused to promise a special
status for the state.
Chidambaram, who was here for a function to felicitate
freedom fighters who worked to liberate the state from
Portuguese rule, observed that the Union government should
generously come forward and fund the development of the state.
"I will plead with the Prime Minister and the Union
Finance Minister to offer fund for the growth of the state,"
he said in the presence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in
Margao town, 35 kms from here.
He said Goa has been one of the fastest developing states
and despite being liberated much later, it has matched the
pace of progress of other states.
Earlier, Kamat, in his speech, had requested Chidambaram
to consider giving a special status to the state arguing that
Goa has limitations as far as financial resources are
Chidambaram was, however, non-committal on the issue.
"How can I talk about special status," he remarked while
responding to a question posed by journalists after the
function attended by over 800 freedom fighters from across the
country who had fought to liberate Goa.