Stating that the immediate focus of attention for his government is to win the floor test in the state legislative assembly on March 16, as directed by the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that the fragile financial position of Goa would be rejuvenated, beginning with the budgetary exercise, and within a period of one year, the state would come to the normal level in terms of its economy.
Speaking to the pressmen on the lawns of the Raj Bhavan after being sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar said that the annual financial statement for the year 2017-18, which would be presented in the House before March 25, will be a blueprint of the economic planning by his government.
“I would be preparing the new budget as per the new regulations, which includes constitutional requirements like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, to be rolled out on July 1, later this year,” Parrikar added, maintaining that the budget would have new GDP projection for the state. “The budget will be prepared as per the norms of finance,” he noted.
Speaking further, the newly sworn in Chief Minister said that a Common Minimum Programme for his government would be prepared in a month’s time, and the government would follow the same. “The Common Minimum Programme will have two aspects, a policy aspect and the other aspect of action,” he said.
Parrikar also stated that as the winning of the floor test on March 16 is of paramount importance for his government, the rest of the things including distribution of the portfolios would be done later. “The portfolio allocation would be decided in consultation with my cabinet colleagues,” he added, informing that the remaining two berths in his cabinet would be filled in April, later this year.
Earlier, addressing the people, who had come to attend the swearing-in ceremony, Parrikar said that the collective vote share of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party and Independents, at the recent state assembly election is 50.5 per cent and, therefore, his government has mandate of more than half of the voters.
“In fact, the vote share of BJP alone is 32.9 per cent, which is more than the Congress party’s share standing at 27.9 per cent,” he added, pointing out, “The government is the result of the post-poll alliance, formed due to the lead taken by the regional parties, whose condition was that I should lead the government as the Chief Minister.”
The new Chief Minister also expressed confidence about the lifespan of his government, stating that “this government will last for 365×5 days.” Retorting on the Congress move to stall his swearing-in ceremony, Parrikar said that the 17 Congress MLAs, who came to meet the Governor, Tuesday afternoon, arrived in bus and not cars, since no one was sure as to whose car would disappear on the way before reaching the Raj Bhavan.
Meanwhile, Parrikar attended the state Bharatiya Janata Party core committee meeting at the party’s city headquarters after his swearing-in ceremony. The meeting discussed the March 16 ‘floor test’ of the new government, as well as deliberated on the strategy to be adopted by the BJP-led government in the state legislative assembly, during its forthcoming budget session.