The government will take forward the issue of community farming, during the forthcoming monsoon session of the state legislative assembly commencing on July 15.
Coming out with this information, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the government believes in modern farming, and will not allow the farmlands in the state to go fallow.
“We will try to bring maximum of such farmlands under cultivation,” he added.
Without naming the issue related to the app-based cab service, GoaMiles, the Chief Minister said the agitating people need to take firsthand experience of the new system before launching the agitation. “They should support the government in its policies, as also
bring errors in these policies to the notice of the government so that the same could be corrected,” he observed, appealing to the agitating people to decide as to in which direction the state tourism needs to proceed.
Addressing the Goa Revolution Day function at Azad Maidan, Sawant said the state Bharatiya Janata Party governments over the years tried to provide best of infrastructure in Goa, and now the newly constructed 21-km road from Canacona to Karwar border will be inaugurated on July 20 by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
Governor Mridula Sinha was indisposed and could not attend the function.
Earlier, the Chief Minister along with Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, Speaker Rajesh Patnekar and Chief Secretary Parimal Rai paid homage at the Martyrs Memorial to all those freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives in the Goan freedom struggle.
Sawant said the government will set up a gallery in the capital city, which will display photographs and information about the freedom fighters who participated in the Goan freedom struggle, besides screening documentary film of this freedom struggle.
Sawant assured that his government will settle the issue as regards government jobs for the children of freedom fighters.
“Parrikar, during his tenure had already given 300 to 350 jobs to the children of the freedom fighters. However, this work is still left incomplete,” he admitted, pointing out that such remaining candidates would soon be employed in government service.
The Chief Minister said the government will also study the likelihood of turning the Assolna residence of Dr Juliao Menezes into a memorial, where Ram Manohar Lohia had resided during his Goa visit in June 1946.
“We will further find if there is any possibility of constructing a monument in the Assolna village in memory of Lohia,” he noted, adding that efforts would be made to complete these works before next Goa Revolution Day.
Sawant also extended all government support to noted freedom fighter Mohan Ranade, who is presently ailing in Pune.
Later in the day, portraits of five freedom fighters – Ram Manohar Lohia, Purushottam Kakodkar, Vishwanath Lawande, T B Cunha and Babani Naik Desai – were unveiled at the Secretariat building.
In his address, Sawant admitted that during his three-month tenure as the Chief Minister, he could not take up any major changes, however will do so with the help of his ministers, all the MLAs and Goan people.
The Chief Minister also said that garbage disposal has become a major problem in Goa and the government would soon construct garbage disposal plants at Cacora and Bainguinim.
“Furthermore, within next two-three years, we will complete all these projects and make Goa the first state to treat biomedical waste, industrial waste and hazardous waste,” he added, pointing out that the Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation has already taken steps in this direction.
Sawant also stated that efforts are being made to solve the employment problem.
“The government will strive to provide jobs to the youth including non-government jobs and self-employment,” he assured, adding that some educational courses have neither scope nor vertical mobility, and the government will replace these courses with the employment oriented courses.
On a parting note, the Chief Minister said the mining issue in the state will be taken up with the Centre along with the Mhadei issue and the issue pertaining to the Mopa airport.
He also said the clearance given by the cabinet to the 10 per cent reservation quota for economically weaker sections will help common people in Goa.
President of Goa, Daman and Diu Freedom Fighters Association Chandrakant Pednekar and president of Goa Freedom Fighters Association Pandurang Sinai Kunkalienkar also spoke on the occasion.
A large number of school students attended the event.