Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said his government has managed to overcome the financial crisis it had inherited from the previous Congress regime but without compromising on "developmental commitments".
"My government took over in a situation where Goa was facing a tough time financially. However, with dedication and determination, we have managed to tide over it without compromising on the developmental commitments that we had made to the people of Goa," Parsekar said in the message to the State on the eve of Goa Statehood Day.
Stressing that in the past four years, his government has focused on improving both the social and physical infrastructure of the state, he said "our emphasis has been on inclusive development that would give our people the environment and tools to actualise and manifest their individual potential for the collective good."
Goa attained statehood on May 30, 1987 when it ceased to be an Union Territory and became the 25th State.
"Our small but beautiful state has made rapid strides in all developmental spheres and emerged as one of the most developed and fastest growing states in the country, with socio–economic indicators far better than the national average.
"As we move forward and look to the future, it will be our endeavour to consolidate and bolster our traditional strengths in the areas of tourism, mining, agriculture and fisheries while building the requisite social capital to fully harness opportunities presented by new age industries such as IT and Electronics," the CM said.
He said that Goa people must enjoy a high standard of living and an excellent quality of life.
"Only then can development be meaningful and beneficial. We are committed to ensuring that Goa's present and future development is sustainable and not in conflict with nature."
Parsekar further added that Goan identity should remain intact.
"We must not lose sight of what defines us especially since it is our unique 'Goenkarponn' which is the driving force behind our ethos of communal harmony and peace and our status as an economically and socially advanced state.
"I appeal to all my fellow citizens to join hands with us so that we can achieve the vision of a strong, vibrant and multi cultural Goa," he said.