Govt has asked funds of Rs 6333 cr from 15th Finance Commission says CM
“The Finance Commission has also suggested that Goa should focus on becoming self-sufficient as far as agriculture is concerned”, said Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that the State government has asked for funds of Rs 6333 crore from the Fifteenth Finance Commission. He also informed that the State Finance Commission will be appointed within a month’s time.
Sawant, along with cabinet ministers and officials of the State government held a meeting with the Fifteenth Finance Commission at Dona Paula.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Sawant said, “For the sustainable development of Goa, we have demanded whatever the industry requires, especially in the tourism sector for development of hinternald and medical tourism. We have approximately asked for Rs 6333 crore.”
“Tourism is an industry which gives foreign currency not only for Goa but also India. They have asked us to provide data on the number of days foreign tourists spend in Goa. They have asked us to prepare and submit this data which will be useful when considering the infrastructure for tourism. I have asked tourism secretary to prepare it,” informed Sawant.
Informing that the State government is focusing on organic farming, Sawant said, “The Finance Commission has also suggested that Goa should focus on becoming self-sufficient as far as agriculture is concerned.”
Assuring to appoint the State Finance Commission in a month’s time, Sawant said, “Based on the recommendations of the State Finance Commission, we will be able to develop the rural areas in the State through the village panchayats and urban local bodies (ULBs).”