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MMC to honour ex-chief, name Sunaina hotel road after Monica

10th November 2018, 07:01 Hrs


Former Margao Municipal Chairperson late Monica Dias will be honoured by the civic body on Sunday by naming the Sunaina hotel road after her.

Addressing the media along with her deputy, Tito Cardozo and councillors, Lyndon Pereira and Peter Fernandes, Margao Municipal Chairperson Babita Prabhudesai said the road named after Monica is a befitting tribute to the former Municipal chairperson, who was known for her outspoken nature. 

“The road naming function will be held on November 11, at 11 am, which will be an occasion for the tributes to the former chairperson,” Babita said.

A long-time member of the Congress party, having been the Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress chief for a long time, Monica Dias had shifted her allegiance to the Goa Forward party headed by Vijai Sardesai just before the 2017 Assembly polls.

Her political career began in the mid-80’s when she was elected to the Margao Municipal Council around 1985. She served as a councillor for three terms and was later elected as a chairperson.

In 2010, Monica was appointed the president of the Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress and remained at its helm till 2014 when she was appointed as the general secretary of the All India Mahila Congress.

She was also appointed the chairperson of the Goa, Daman and Diu Khadi and Village Industries Board.

Monica had been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award for her meritorious accomplishments, outstanding performance and remarkable role in diverse fields of activities. Instituted by the India International Friendship Society, the award was present to Dias in New Delhi at the hands of then Pondicherry governor Iqbal Singh.