Goa govt institutes Dalit Ratna & Dalit Mitra awards
Digital Goa News Service
Panaji, April 14 - Chief Minister Shri Digambar Kamat announced today
that the Government will institute a Dalit Ratna and Dalit Mitra state
awards from this year for the persons who dedicate their services for
the betterment of Dalit people in the state.
Shri Kamat was speaking at the State level function organized by
Directorate of Social Welfare and Goa State SC and OBC Finance and
Development Corporation on the occasion 119 Birth Anniversary of
Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in the city. The function was
presided by the Minister for Social Welfare Shri Ramkrishna Dhavlikar,
Shri Manohar Ajagaonkar, Minister for Sports was guest of honour. Shri
Vishnu Wagh, Chairman of Goa State SC and OBC Finance and Development
Corporation was key note speaker of the function.
Earlier Chief Minister Shri Digambar Kamat lead the people of Goa
paying tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 119th
birth anniversary by offering garland to the Statue of Dr. Ambedkar.
He was followed by Minister for Social Welfare Shri Ramkrishna
Dhavlikar, Minister for Panchayat Shri Manohar Ajgaonkar and other
Speaking further, Chief Minister said, today Science has advanced
tremendously but great personalities can not be put to birth with the
help of Science. Dr. Ambedkar's work has made him great and champion
of down trodden people of India he added.
He said, Dr. Ambedkar dedicated his life for the upliftment of Dalit
Community and make them strong. The people of all communities should
emulate Dr. Ambedkar to work for the welfare of poorest poor in the
society. This will make India strong in real sense, the Chief Minister
Chief Minister assured that the Government will look in to the demands
of Dalit community regarding reservation percentage and beautification
of Dr. Ambedkar parles.
Transport Minister Shri Ramkrishna Davlikar highlighted the work of
Dr. Ambedkar for the humanity he said, he made special provision in
our constitution that gave an opportunities to the Dalit communities
to stand on their own feets. He said, all Indian's should respect the
Indian constitution and provision therein for the upliftment of Dalit
communities. This will make India united, strong and prosperous , he
Minister for Sports Shri, Manohar Azgaonkar paid rich tributes to the
memory of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and his dedicated work towards
welfare of the Dalit Communities in India. He said, Dr. Ambedkar has
protected the interest of Dalit communities while preparing the Indian
constitutions. He said, Hindu organisations should come forward to
protect the interest of Dalit communities. They should fight for entry
to temples, crematoriums for Dalit such action of Hindu organizations
will help implementation of various provisions in Indian constitutions
for the betterment of Dalit communities.
He also demanded that the Government should consider the demand to
increase in reservation for SC communities in the State.
Shri Shambhu Bhau Babdekar Former Dy. Speaker and Leader of Dalit
community in his address stated that Dr. Ambedkar work was not limited
to the upliftment of Dalit communities but also was to make India
politically and economically strong . He was famous in America and
other Countries as economist this idea and thoughts of social reforms
should be emulated by the present generation to make India united and
superpower, he said.
Shri Chandrakant Jadhav, President of Andhashradha Nirmulan Samiti
demanded increase in percentage in reservation for SC community and
crematorium in every village in the state for SC community.
Shri Vishnu Surya Wagh while delivering keynote address said, Dr.
Ambedkar and Goa had a special relation. He was aware political and
social conditions of the people of Goa. He visited Goa in the year
1925 and stayes for two days in Goa an invitation of his friend. After
Independence to India in the year 1954, he wrote to Indian Government
about Goa's liberation. He told the Indian Government to liberate Goa
from the clutches of Portuguese. He also wrote a letter to the
Portuguese Governor in the year 1935 and demanded to stop the
harassment of Masurashram Swami and his followers, who were harassed
by the Portuguese Government in connection with reconversion of Hindu
people in Goa.
Referring to the quality, work and life of Dr. Ambedkar, Shri Wagh
said, he suffered lot due to social order of his time and therefore
decided to fight against this social order and establish a new social
order where all Indian can live with equal Status and equal
opportunities for their progress.
He said, Dr. Ambedkar was great in many ways. There are many leaders
and Social reformers in world's history of last ten thousand years.
But there is no single leader who experienced the suffering of social
order of his own society and fought against it.
He said, to earn more and more knowledge is a real tribute to the
memory of this great leader.
The function was attended by Mayor of CCP, Smt. Corolina Po, Secretary
Shri Ganesh Koyu, Director of Information and Publicity Shri Menino
Peres, President of Konkani Academy Shri N. Shivdas, Freedom fighter
Shri Bhayya Desai and large number of people.
Shri J.B. Bhingi, Joint Secretary welcomed the guest and Shri Santan
Fernandes, Dy. Director Social Welfare proposed a vote of thanks.
Artist of Kala Academy presented invocation Song, Shri Govind Bhagat
compared the function
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