Shantaram Naik meets Def Min Antony on rejection of Goa Float for R Da
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik has strongly objected to rejection of the Goa float by the expert committee which examines floats for inclusion in the Republic Day parade.
In this connection Mr Naik recently met Defence Minister A K Antony and Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh in Parliament House and gave them a memorandum requesting for the review of the decision of the expert committee.
In his memorandum, Mr Naik said in the first meeting with the committee, the Goa Government presented two themes, out of which, the expert committee shortlisted the theme 'JAGOR'.
Mr Naik said in the second meeting, new drawings on JAGOR were presented whereupon the expert committee suggested some major changes.
He said in the third meeting, revised drawings with suggested changes were presented, and in that meeting a few further minor changes were suggested by the committee and Goa Government representatives were asked to go ahead with model and music.
Later, the model as per the changes suggested, was presented, whereupon the committee suggested some changes in placement.
Mr Naik further said the new model as per changes suggested by the committee was presented along with final music, wherein they suggested one minor change, which the Goa Government representatives promised to incorporate during execution.
The Goa representatives were even told that all their performing artistes should reach Delhi by January 6, 2013 for practice, Mr Naik said in his memorandum.
Mr Naik told the ministers that in the final meeting, there were 15 states, out of which, 14 have been cleared except Goa.
Among nine floats of ministries, five have been cleared.
Thus, totally 19 floats have so far been cleared, Mr Naik said.
Mr Naik said JAGOR which is folk Form and art form is getting endangered today.
'Goa is an international tourist destination. The expert committee should not have treated the state in the manner in which it has been treated,' Mr Naik said.