Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat
today appealed to the citizens to unitedly fight against
"attempts to defame the state highlighting certain incidents".
In an apparent reference to the Russian girl rape case
in which a politician, John Fernandes, is the accused, he said
there are a few incidents about which he feels ashamed.
"But we also feel that Goa is being defamed over such
incidents and all Goans should unitedly fight back such
attempts," Kamat said while addressing a parade organised to
mark the 48th Goa Liberation Day.
The Chief Minister said a few isolated cases won`t
deter tourists from visiting Goa, a popular holiday
destination. "Tourists have full faith in Goa and Goans."
Kamat took guard of honour at Campal Parade Ground
here. On this day in 1961, Goa was liberated from Portuguese
rule after culmination of Indian Army`s `Operation Vijay`.
Terrorism remains a concern for the state, the Chief
Minister said, adding a few groups were trying to divide the
society on communal lines. "Don`t fall for the lucrative
promises made by these groups."
Kamat said his government had launched several welfare
schemes for the people. He reiterated the resolve to fight
Karnataka`s plans to divert Mhadei River water.
On the occasion, he presented citations to award
winners in different categories for meritorious government