Saturday, March 24, 2012
MATHANY SALDANHA LAID TO REST WITH FULL STATE HONOURS
The body of Minister for Tourism, Environment and Shri Mathany Saldanha who expired on March 21 was laid to rest with full State honours at his native Cansaulim Village in South Goa on March 24, 2012.
His body was brought to Cansaulim Village on March 23 and was kept for public homage. Chief Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Shri Arun Jetley, Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, Shri Rajendra Arlekar, MPs Shri Shripad Naik, Shri Shantaram Naik, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary and senior Government officers and large number of people from all walks of life, besides political leaders cutting across party line attended the solemn ceremony presided over by His Grace Arch Bishop patriarch Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao at the St. Thomas Church, Cansaulim and paid their homage to the departed leader. Draped in national tri-colour, his body was taken in a procession from the house to the church where the body was laid to rest with full State honours.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Arun Jetley said Shri Mathany Saldanha worked for weaker section of the society and was firm in his conviction and values.
Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar said Shri Mathany always honoured his work and devoted himself for the welfare of the common man. He said that the efforts will be to continue his legacy for the welfare of the state.
Smt. Alina Saldanha wife of Mathany Saldanha and niece Ms. Melica Simoes also spoke on the occasion.
A 21 gun salute was accorded by the police contingent before the body was laid to rest at the church cemetery as the Chief Minister, close family members including wife Smt. Alina watched. Earlier reverse arms were presented in honour of the departed soul followed by the ‘salami shastra’ as the buglers played the last post.
Earlier a wreath was laid on behalf of Governor of Goa . Shri K. Sankaranarayan by Secretary and ADC to the Governor.