BICHOLIM: Former North Goa MP and former education minister Harish Prabhu Zantye, popularly known as “Anna”, passed away at his Panaji residence on Saturday morning after a brief illness. He was 86.
Zantye’s final rites will be held at his farm located behind Zantye cashew factory at Pazwada, Bicholim, on Sunday at 11.30am. Prior to this, his body will be kept at his Bicholim residence from 10am to 11.30am for the public to pay homage.
The founder of Bicholim Urban Co-operative Bank, Zantye was Bicholim MLA for two terms from 1980-1984 and 1984-89. The Congress functionary was also the minister for eduction and tourism in the early 80s. In 1991, he was elected as the memberof parliament for North Goa and was the Mayem MLA from 2002-2007.
His son Pravin is the present Mayem MLA.
Zantye also founded the Narayan Zantye College of Commerce and Hirabai Zantye Memorial Hall. He had donatedland for the special children’s school at Vathadev in Bicholim and was pivotal in bringing the ITI in Bicholim, polytechnic college in Mayem and a hostel for OBC community in Bicholim.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, opposition leader Digambar Kamat, speaker Rajesh Patnekar were among those who have condoled Zantye’s death.