The Chief Minister was speaking as the chief guest, at the one year celebration of the Konkani magazine `Jivit’ in his home town. The Deputy Speaker, Mr Mauvin Godinho was also present.
Stating that Konkani language was the only identity of Goans, Mr Kamat opined that for Goa to progress, development of Konkani language was crucial. “We have to put our best foot forward to develop Konkani language,” Mr Kamat said and promised all necessary help from the government to develop Konkani literature.
He said government has taken a decision to name the air-condition hall in Ravindra Bhavan after `Pai Tiatrist’, who staged the first tiatr in Goa. The Chief Minister also disclosed that he had put in motion the idea of setting up the `Tiatr Academy’ and promised to take it forward.
Reminding the gathering that last year, he was instrumental in sending a Quepem mando group to Saudi, he disclosed that this year another mando group was sent to Dubai.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Mauvin Godinho emphasized on the fact to maintain unity amongst Goans instead of fighting on scripts. “We Goans are known to come on streets for every little issue,” Mr Godinho said and appealed to remain united to protect Konkani.
He informed that many tiatrists had sacrificed their lives and time to protect the identity of Konkani. For Konkani language to progress, Goans should stop fighting in the name of scripts and fight to get equal grants for Roman script writers and tiatrists, he reasoned.
He further told the gathering that Goa had the privilege of having a good CM, who was objective and ever obliging. “Let us all strengthen his hands and help him to take Konkani and Goa to greater heights,” he said.
Earlier the organizers released three Konkani books at the hands of the dignitaries and felicitated five prominent personalities who contributed for the growth of Konkani language.
They also posthumously felicitated late Andrew G C Viegas for his research work on ’50 years of Konkani cinema’.