The "Romi Lipi Action Front" is saddened by the sudden and untimely death of Dr. Olivinho Gomes ex- Vice Chancellor of the Goa University and an ardent supporter of the Roman Script for Konkani .Dr Olivinho Gomes was himself a Professor of Konkani and strongly felt that the Roman Script can go hand in hand with the Devnagari Script, to the greater advantage of our mother tongue Konkani. He strongly felt that the Goa Legislative Assembly, in an unnecessary haste,to expedite the Official Language Act of Goa, had done a grave injustice to a very big section of the Goan Society , by ignoring the aspirations of the Roman Script readers and writers of Konkani, in Goa , Mumbai and Overseas. Whenever Dr, Olivinho Gomes spoke on the subject of the Roman Script, he spoke with self-conviction supported by facts and figures.Dr Olivinho was equally at ease with the Devanagari Script as well as the Roman Script and has written books in both the Scripts,in addition to the English language.The "Romi Lipi Action Front" has lost an active Konkani worker and a friend in the death of Dr. Olivinho. We pray to the Almighty to grant eternal rest to the soul of Dr. Olivinho and strenght to his wife and family to put up with this great personal loss.
Wilmix Wilson Mazarello
(Convenor, Romi Lipi Action Front)