PANAJI: Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant has appealed to the people to abide fundamental duties to strengthen democracy in the country in true sense.
The chief minister was speaking at a function organised by Directorate of Education and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to celebrate 70th anniversary of adoption of Indian Constitution held at NIO Auditorium, Dona Paula on Thursday.
Chief minister further stressed on the need to have unity amongst every section of society for effective growth of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to the people of this country towards building New India, free from discrimination of caste, communalism and corruption. Implementation of fundamental duties enshrined in the Constitution will lead to accomplish the desired goal in this direction, he added.
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Advocate General Devidas Pangam in his key note speech stated that fundamental duties should be taught to the students. "It should be listed on prominent places at schools making the students aware of their duties at very young age. So that society can have next generation performing fundamental duties thereby upholding the fundamental rights of fellow citizens". Rights without duties will lead to anarchy. Fundamental duties serve as a constant reminder of national goals and also inculcate profound sense of social responsibility amongst all, Pangam further said.
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On the occasion Chief Minister Dr Sawant presented certificates to winning students of various competition conducted by the Directorate of Education and SCERT. In poster drawing competition, Manashri Shetye of Saraswat Vidyalaya, Khorlim Mapusa won the first place. Vedang Gaonkar of K B Hedgewar, Cujira-Bambolim, Nandish Sawant of Shree Shantadurga High School, Bicholim received second and third place respectively.
In elocution competition, Disha Talaulikar of Maria Bambina Convent, Cuncolim won the first place whereas Aparna Prabhu of Dona Leonar Memorial High School, Bardez and Sonia Chauran of Murgao High School, Vasco bagged second and thirs rd place respectively.
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Essay writing competition, Razina Kadri of Our Lady of Lourdes Higher Secondary School, Valpoi, Prasiddhi Khorjuvekar of Dr Ambedkar Higher Secondary School, Bardez and Mehvish Khan of Our Lady of Lourdes Higher Secondary School, Valpoi won first, second and third place respectively.
Education Secretary Nila Mohanan and Director of Education Vandana Rao also spoke on the occasion. Goa Education Development Corporation chairman Kanta Patnekar were present on the occasion.
Co-ordinator, school leader academy (SCERT) Dr Suvarna Fonseca compered the function. Director SCERT Nagaraj Honnekeri proposed a vote of thanks.
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