Panaji, Jan 26: Goa Minister for Power Nilesh Cabral on Saturday said students were the backbone of the country as India was the youngest nation in whole world and the fastest growing economy.
Speaking after unfurling the national tricolour at the 70th Republic Day programme organized at Sports Complex, Borimol, Quepem, he said India was being recognized as the most developing country in the world.
''I am proud to be part of government from Quepem Taluka in the progressive state of Goa. “70 years back when the Constitution was established and implemented we were on the mission of progress and we are still progressing. Goa is being immensely developing under the visionary guidance and leadership of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar even enduring with persistent health issues,'' he said.
He said the Electricity Department would soon launch Bharat Bill Payment System, a simplified payment mode, to make the payment of energy charges easier.
''One will not have to stand in the queue to pay electricity bills. All cooperative banks and other banks who will be interested to be part of this system will be integrated,'' he said.
Maintaining that the government was always open to suggestions from citizens to implement any new launch, ideas and changes for the betterment and development of the state, the Power Minister stressed the need to work unitedly to take the nation forward.
He said it was just not only the responsibility and duty of the political leader and elected representative of the country or state but of every citizen.
Mr Cabral received the guard of honour and also inspected the parade presented by Police contingent Quepem led by Police Sub Inspector Viju Desai.
Students of Government High School, Morpirla; Holy Cross Institute, Quepem; Guardian Angel High School, Curchorem; Our Lady Mother of Poor High School, Tilamol; Government High School, Maina; Pope John XIII High School, Quepem; New Educational Institute, Curchorem; Government High School, Padi and Sarvodaya Educational Society's High School, Curchorem presented the March Past. (UNI)