MARGAO: Stating that the new budget will focus on the rural development, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that the government will provide 100 percent electricity, water supply, and toilet facility to Goa.
“Every house in Goa will get toilet facility, water and electricity”, he stated.
He was speaking as a chief guest at Goa Saras organised by Rural Development Agency (RDA) at Margao. Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar, RDA Minister Michael Lobo and other dignitaries were also present at the inaugural function of Goa Saras-2020.
Sawant further said that rural tourism will be promoted in the State of Goa. "The government is focused on both human and infrastructure development in the State of Goa. Aiming this we want to do the development in rural areas. We must not forget that the cities of Goa are developing at a very fast speed but we must also need to develop the rural areas. Hence, RDA should focus on rural areas," he added.
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He also said that the government is very much aware of the issues related to toilet facilities, water supply, and electricity.
"There are many places in Goa that did not have a proper toilet facility, water supply, and electricity. And hence, by March 31 the government will give 100 percent toilet facility, water supply, and electricity to Goa. Only 87 percent of people living in Goa are getting tap water supply but 13 percent are still waiting to get it. There are no water pipelines in forest areas, but the electricity department has already started the process to lay down the pipeline in those forest areas, which people are residing for a very long time," he further added.
CM also appealed to the people to think of those who are far away from basic facilities in Goa. "Agriculture sector has been sidelined in Goa for a very long time. But my government is working hard to bring new changes and new schemes in the agricultural sector. There are efforts being done from the agriculture department to start organic university in Goa," he stated.
He also announced that Saras will be organised at Mapusa in the coming days.
RDA Minister Michael Lobo also addressed the gathering and urged the CM to clear the pending file pertaining to 'Goa Bazaar' at Merces. "The land has been already acquired by the government. The said project will give a platform to numbers local people to sell their products. There are 12 crores pending in the RDA, which are sanction by the Central government," he added.
Lobo also informed that the process of new waste treatment plants at Verna has started and soon the public hearing will taken by the concerned authorities. "I urged the people to support the project and not to fall prey to the politicians who trying to oppose the project for the sake of doing politics," he appealed. Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar also addressed the gathering. The ten-day 'Goa Saras' will end in February.
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