President urges youngsters to desist from drugs
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Last Updated: Monday, November 23, 2009, 17:57
  
Panaji: Highlighting the menace of drugs, President Pratibha Patil on Monday asked the youths to desist from consuming them.

"There is a tendency to consume drugs amongst the youth. I urge our young people to be cautious," Patil said during the civic reception hosted at National Institute of Oceanography here.

The President, who is on a four-day visit to the state, said youngsters should be made aware of the negative fallouts of drug consumption through awareness campaigns.

Referring to the mining industry in the state, Patil said the state should give its forests more importance by opting for afforestation in the areas where mining has occurred.

"Given that tourism is a major revenue and employment generating sector of the economy, I am sure that efforts would be made in this direction along with work to conserve and preserve the unique natural environment in Goa, which promotes eco-tourism," she said.

Goa Governor Dr SS Sidhu, Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and host of other dignitaries from across the state were also present in the function.

The President said the truest measure of a progressive state is the welfare of its people and their development.

"It is only when the most disadvantaged are brought into the mainstream, true progress will be achieved," she added.

Patil said that Goa has been increasingly moving towards urbanisation in the last decade adding, "Provisions of civic amenities, systematic urban planning and proper urban governance are important to have clean and livable cities."

Emphasising that every inhabitant has a role to play, Patil expressed confidence that the people of Goa would work together to keep the state clean, maintain its heritage, its beauty and its healthy environment.

Governor Sidhu, in his speech expressed concern over the state's beaches that are reeling under global warming.

"Some of our beaches are being washed away," he said.

The Governor also said that in the wake of increasing terrorism and the recent Margao blast, security has gained paramount importance in the state.

PTI


First Published: Monday, November 23, 2009, 17:57


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