PANAJI: In a bid to make local bodies self-sustaining, the State government has undertaken a study of all village panchayats and municipal councils to harness it to a parallel effort of reviving various sectors related to agriculture, fishing, small industries and traditional means of livelihood.
The study targets 191 village panchayats, 14 municipal councils and the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP).
The study called `Economic Revival Plan for the Local Bodies in the State of Goa,' is jointly undertaken by the Directorate of Higher Education and the Goa Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (GIPARD), Ela Farm, Old Goa.
According to Director (Training) of GIPARD, Michael D'Souza, the aim of this study is to prepare a detailed plan for revival of the economy of the State with emphasis being laid on the local bodies.
The college professors roped in by the Directorate of Higher Education will collect data on different aspects, such as socio-economic, institutions, resources, livelihood, etc from the village panchayats and municipal councils in Goa.
“The study will also analyse the potential for revival of sectors related to agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, horticulture, tourism, MSME, traditional means of livelihood etc and study the possibilities of Institutional strengthening at the village-level,” Michael D'Souza, Director (Training), GIPARD said.
All the 1550 ward members will be asked to provide details of their respective wards and also focus on group discussions with village development committee, farmers, self-help groups, senior citizens, entrepreneurs, professionals, students, fishermen, etc.
Director of Higher Education Prasad Lolayekar informed that following meetings with college principals, professors/teachers from 25 colleges have been selected to carry out the study of all village panchayats, municipal councils and the CCP. They will prepare separate report of each local body.
Some of the colleges have been given task of collecting data of maximum 12 village panchayat while, one college has been allocated only one panchayat to collect its data.
The report will be prepared village panchayat-wise, incorporating the analysis of all the different parameters indicated in the questionnaire.