December 7th, 2012

Naik meets Antony on rejection of Goa float

Panaji : Upset over rejection of state float not being included in the Republic Day parade this year, Rajya Sabha member from Goa Shantaram Naik (Congress) on Thursday met Union Defence Minister A K Antony and Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for State of Defence,in Parliament on Thursday and requested them for the review of the decision of the Expert Committee, which examines Floats to be included in the Republic Day parade.
In his memorandum to them,  Naik said in the first meeting with the Committee, Goa government had presented two themes, out of which, expert committee shortlisted theme ‘Jagor’.  He said in the second meeting, new drawings on ‘Jagor’ were presented whereupon the expert committee suggested some major changes.
In the third meeting, revised drawings, with suggested changes, were presented. In that meeting a few further minor changes were suggested by the committee, and that, Goa government representatives were asked to go ahead with model and music.
Later, model as per the changes suggested, was presented, whereupon committee suggested some changes in placement. Music three tracks were also presented, out of which, they approved one.   Naik further stated that new model as per changes suggested by expert committee was presented along with final music, wherein they suggested one minor change, which the Goa government representatives promised to incorporate during execution.
Goa representatives were even told that all their performing artists should reach Delhi by January six, 2013, for practice,  Naik said in his memorandum.
However, in the final meeting, there were 15 states, out of which,14 have been cleared except Goa,  Naik told the Ministers.
And among 9 Floats of ministries, 5 have been cleared. Thus, totally 19 Floats are presently cleared, he said.   Naik said ‘Jagor’, which is folk form and art form, is getting endangered on Thursday. Goa is an international tourist destination. The expert committee should not have treated the state in the ‘unfair’manner, he added.

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