On 30th May, 1987, Goa was established as a state of India and it shed the title of a Union Territory
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Goa Statehood Day
30th May is observed as the Goa Statehood Day. It is the day on which Goa attained the status of a state after decades of appeals and demands to the Indian union. This year marks the 31st Statehood Day, as it has been thirty-one years since Goa achieved statehood.
After India achieved freedom from the rule of the British, Goa was under the rule of the central government, as Union Territory. On 16th January, 1967, a referendum called Goa Opinion Poll was conducted to determine Goa’s fate; whether it will retain the title of Union Territory or be merged with the state of Maharashtra. The referendum resulted in a vote against the merger. Therefore, on 16th January, Goans observe the Asmitai Day or the Identity Day.
Following the Goa Opinion Poll, and other subsequent referendums and demands, Goa was finally declared a state on 30th May, 1987. Hence, to commemorate the establishment of Goa as a state of India, 30th May is celebrated as the Goa Statehood Day. Goa will be celebrating its thirty-first statehood day in 2018.
These days, long stretches of aqua pearlescent Arabian Sea and sandy beaches is the first image that pops into our head when we hear about Goa. Goa is the ultimate holiday destination for any Indian. Most people flock to the state during peak summers to cool off and enjoy the serene beaches. Apart from locals, various foreigners from European countries head over to Goa to enjoy the Indian summers. Most of these foreign nationals belong to the United Kingdom or Russia.
Goa’s Economic Contributions
Besides, being the go-to tourist destination in the Indian sub-continent, Goa is one of the fastest growing states and contributors to India’s economy. The primary industries that flourish in Goa are mining, tourism and pharmaceuticals.
Goa has been a leader in all-round development of social, physical and industrial infrastructure. An international airport, well-established port as well as several biotechnological and IT industries have boasted the importance of Goa as an economic hub.
Goa is an important state that contributes to the growth the nation. Since achieving statehood, it has shown a steady growth in multiple sectors and proven that despite being one of the smallest states it packs a powerful punch in boosting the Indian economy.