‘Parrikar, a leader of the masses’
Paying tributes to the departed former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, Panaji Shigmotsav Samittee remembered him as a man of principles and a great leader who worked selflessly for the welfare of the people.
Newly-elected Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, while recalling his association with the former chief minister, said, “If the credit of taking education to remote areas goes to the first chief minister late D B Bandodkar, the credit of building infrastructure goes to Parrikar, who always used to toil hard to see to it that the poorest of the poor are educated, and had also helped hundreds of students silently.”
For students, Parrikar started the Cyberage scheme, offered education loan and created opportunities for the poor students to pursue higher studies besides starting monetary benefit scheme for widows and senior citizens as part of social security, he informed.
Sawant said that anybody can write about the instances about Parrikar and the government will compile them in the form of a book. He said he knows about Parrikar helping nearly 80 families in a village with all essential food items for years despite of them not voting for BJP and upon questioning he would reply that, “everything is not politics, sometimes you have to do social work also.”
Minister Nilesh Cabral said, “It is difficult to believe that Parrikar is not amongst us today and that he may even ring him up in future unintentionally,” adding, “It is very difficult to get such a leader to the state again whose popularity crossed all boundaries.”
While the chairman of Panaji Shigmotsav Committee and chairman of Dempo Group of Companies Shrinivas Dempo said that Parrikar was a man of vision and never used to compromise on principles which he experienced during interaction with him adding, “We should be thankful to him for creating an education hub at Cujira and accommodating city schools which has resolved the problem of traffic congestion in city.’’
Ex-Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar said that the vacuum created by the death of Manohar Bhai will never be filled but every Goan will have to work and contribute towards bridging the gap.
Earlier, a one minute silence was observed in the memory of the departed soul after paying floral tributes at Azad Maidan. The programme was organised by the Panaji Shigmotsav Samittee. City Mayor Uday Madkaikar was also present.