Panaji: Praising the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in force in Goa and terming it as a matter of pride, President Ram Nath Kovind has called for the implementation of the much debated law across the rest of India.
President Ram Nath Kovind, who was participating in the Goa Liberation Day celebrations here on Saturday, asserted that the Common Civil Code has encouraged and preserved cultural diversity in Goa.
“This day is particularly memorable not just for Goa but for the whole of India. On this day in 1961, Goa was liberated from foreign rule after about 450 years of colonial rule by Portugal. Your ancestors ensured that the torch of freedom was not extinguished. Countless freedom fighters sacrificed their lives to keep the torch of freedom burning,” President Ram Nath Kovind.
President Ram Nath Kovind also praised organisations such as the RSS, the Azad Gomantak Dal and the Goa Mukti Sena for their the efforts to liberate the state from colonial rule.
Praising the extremely hard-working nature of the people of Goa, President Ram Nath Kovind said that the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat, Swayampurna Goa’ initiative of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in Goa on the lines of the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign of Prim Minister Narendra Modi has ensured prosperity in the coastal state.
“Today, when Goa is entering the 60th year of its independence, it is a matter of pride to see that the state is in the leading position in terms of per capita income. The credit for this goes to the hard-working people, public representatives, public servants and the industrial sector of Goa,” he said.
“Pramod Sawant is truly pursuing the rich heritage of late Manohar Parrikar, his predecessor. Today, as the entire country is moving forward to strengthen the local economy by adopting the mantra of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Goa has launched a commendable initiative of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat, Swayampurna Goa’ under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Sawant,” the President added.