Allocates Rs 1300 cr for mining dependents people says NCP

Gomantak Times
Saturday, 25 January 2020

The Goa unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday sought allocation of Rs 1300 crore for the mining dependents people and to boost tourism, agriculture and fisheries in the State.

PANAJI: The Goa unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday sought allocation of Rs 1300 crore for the mining dependents people and to boost tourism, agriculture and fisheries in the State.
NCP State Jose Philip D'Souza met Fifteenth Finance Commission Chairman N K Singh and submitted a memorandum to him on.
Urging the Commission for higher allocation of funds for the State for next five years, Jose Philip said that Goa was liberated from colonial Portuguese in December 1961 and missed the first two Five-Year Plans. But despite missing the two Five-Year Plans, Goa has made progress. Today Goa has highest per capita income, highest literacy rate and best health indicators.
In Goa, iron ore mining, tourism and agriculture was the backbone of Goan economy. But today closure of mining activity had caused immense hardships to mining dependants people as their livelihood had been affected. The mining ban had also caused loss in Goa's GDP. Goa had also lost royalty and other taxes due to mining ban, Jose Philip stated and requested the Finance Commission to allocate Rs 500 crore to the State to rehabilitate the mining dependents people.
He said that Goa was known worldwide for its tourism. It was famous for its beaches and places of worship. A large number of tourists, both domestic and foreign visit Goa every year. He requested the Commission to give a special package of Rs 300 crore to boost tourism sector which was currently on a decline in the State.
He also mentioned that agriculture and fishing were also one of the major economies of Goa. People used to cultivate their fields in the past. But due to various factors like mining, floods and menace of wild animals affected agriculture activity. He therefore requested the Commission to give special package of Rs 200 crore to revive agriculture in the State.
He said that as far as fishing activity was concerned, fish catch in the State was on a decline for last many years due to various factors like unfavourable weather and cyclones and that the Goa government was unable to help the fishing community
The NCP president requested the Commission to allocate special funds of Rs 300 crore to revive fishing activity in the State.
Jose Philip has hoped that the Fifteenth Finance Commission will consider Goa's request in a fair and just manner and recommend the same in its report to be submitted to the Government of India.

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