The 13th Lokosthav-2013 organized by Adarsh Yuva Sangh got off to a start at the Adarsh Gram at Mushifond in Amone-Poinguinim, with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar making an unusual plea to the organisers to avoid handing over the festival, depicting the State’s rich tradition, to the government.
“Do not spoil the taste of the people by handing over the festival to the government. It will then have bureaucratic overtones, once it is made into a state festival and the very basic traditional concept, for which it has been started by you, will be lost,” said Parrikar, in his advice to the organising team, led by Sports and Tribal Minister Ramesh Tawadkar.
Parrikar was reacting to Tawadkar’s opening remarks requesting the chief minister to declare the three-day Lokosthav at Canacona as a state festival and to accord necessary budget for the event.
Parrikar, however, told Tawadkar that his request needs to be discussed thoroughly and a suitable announcement could be made during the next budget presentation.
The chief minister later visited various galleries displaying traditional art and artefacts, including the science exhibits by school students, traditional eateries, adventure-activities and showed keen interest in each and every display.
On the occasion, the chief minister felicitated Education Department Additional Director Anil Powar, State Bank of India Spl Assistant Manager Ramesh Komarpant, Local artist Nagaratna Phalgaonkar and Dikijan Velip.
Those present at the function included Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldessai Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado, Sanvordem MLA Ganesh Gaonkar, Velim MLA Benjamin Silva, BJP State President Vinay Tendulkar, Subhash Velingkar, ZP (Khola) Krishna Velip, Sarpanchas of Agonda, Shristhal, Gaondongrim, Cotigao, Poinguinim and Loliem, besides officers Director of Sports V M Prabhudessai, SAG Executive Director Elvis Gomes and Director of Tribal Welfare Arvind Bugade. [H]