Special Correspondent

Poor response to Gomant sammelan

PANAJI: Gomant Vishwa Sammelan, the third annual two-day convention of the Goans, which was inaugurated by Governor S. C. Jamir on Tuesday failed to elicit good attendance.

Mr. Jamir expressed concern over the "disturbing trend" of flight of capital from Goa to other States where investment environment was better. He urged the Government to analyse the causes for this. He referred to the continued dependence of the State on other States and national grid for its power supply, issue of garbage disposal, and sought to know whether the Government is working on any alternatives to sustain the population. Chief Secretary Kiran Dhingra welcomed the Non-Resident Indians of Goan origin. Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Francisco Sardinha called upon Goans living abroad to join hands with the State Government by investing in various sectors.

The convention will have presentations on sectors such as education, tourism, health and industry on Wednesday. Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane and Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly Manohar Parrikar will interact with the delegates in the last session.