Herald: South collectorate named after Matanhy Saldanha
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South collectorate named after Matanhy Saldanha

31 May 2013 12:00am IST
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31 May 2013 12:00am IST

To be maintained like 5-star hotel: CM

TEAM HERALD

teamherald@herald-goa.com

MARGAO:  The South Goa Collectorate administrative complex was on Thursday named after late Matanhy Saldanha on the occasion of Goa Statehood Day, with Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar asserting that the government named the complex after the former tourism minister not because he enjoyed close friendship with him, but because Matanhy did something for Goa and is a role model for the people of Goa.

Parrikar said he and Matanhy had shared the principle and philosophy of Raj Dharma, even as the Chief Minister made a fervent plea to the Collectorate staff to emulate late Matanhy’s virtues of selfless service.

Matanhy’s portrait was unveiled by Environment Minister Alina Saldanha in the presence of Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, Industries Minister, Mahadev Naik, Fisheries Minister, Avertano Furtado, Cuncolim MLA Rajan Naik, Velim MLA Benjamin D’Silva, NRI Commissioner Dr Wilfred Mesquita and South Goa Collector N D Agrawal. Parrikar has instructed the district Collector to replace the photo with a life size portrait of the former Tourism Minister.

“Matanhy was my very close friend, but we have named the building not because of the friendship. When I perform as the Chief Minister, I don’t keep personal relations in mind. This is my concept of administration. Administration does not have relations, caste and religion. That does not mean that administration should be insensitive. Administration should do the work religiously not because of friendship or on caste and religious consideration. Raj Dharma surpasses all this things. I have kept these principles intact.  The building has been named after Matanhy because he did something for Goa. He is a role model for the state of Goa and the people of Goa. I have not done any nepotism, but have only done justice in naming the complex after Matanhy”, he told the gathering after district Collector N D Agrawal said the Chief Minister has remembered his close friend after his death.

In her address, Environment Minister, Alina Saldanha thanked the government for naming Collectorate building after her late husband. 

“Matanhy always loved his beloved Goa,” she said and hoped that the new building will cater to the needs of the people of South Goa.

To be maintained like 5-star hotel: CM

TEAM HERALD

teamherald@herald-goa.com

MARGAO:  Come December 19, and the district collectorate building will be meticulously maintained as any five star hotel,  and will be the district headquarters for departments such as Food and Drugs Administration, Agriculture, Social welfare, Women and child development, Administrative Tribunal etc.

Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar has went a step ahead and said he is ready to change his name if the Collectorate building does not turn out the best maintained government complexes in the state.

“When I say the building will be maintained as any five star hotel, don’t misunderstand about the luxuries of five star hotels. I am talking about the maintenance aspect and not the luxurious food served in five star hotels. It should be plastic free. Stop getting plastic into the complex,” he said.

Parrikar assured that all things in the district collectorate will fall in place within the next two months.

Saying that every department will be shifted in the new building, Parrrikar said FDA headed by an officer of the level of Director will function from Margao. “By year end, the social welfare department headed by Additional Director will function from here. I want the departments like agriculture, women and child development, animal husbandry to function from Margao. They should be headed by offices of the level of directors so that all decisions are taken here except policy decisions,” he said, adding that the process of setting up the Administrative Tribunal in Margao has already been set in motion.

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