State govt needs to convince Centre on financial help: AAP

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Panaji: Raising the question that if the central government is ready to provide an economic relief package of 250 million dollars to Maldives, then why no help is coming for the Goans, the state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), on Monday, said that as Goa is under huge economic debt crossing over an amount of Rs 20,000 crore, the state government needs to convince the Centre to extend financial help to deal with the economic stress on Goa, which has been a cause of worry for the Goans.

Addressing a press conference, the interim convenor of the state AAP unit, Rahul Mhambre said that Goa is presently facing two major issues, COVID and economic stress.

“We have been asking the Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant to hold meetings of all the stakeholders, including opposition leaders, on both these issues, but it appears that all our requests are falling on the deaf ears,” he added.

Speaking further, Mhambre said that the BJP leaders will approach public seeking votes during the 2022 state assembly polls, and would argue that voting for BJP in the state will be advantageous as the party is also in power at the Centre.

“The people should then question them as to what help they were able to get from the Centre when the state was under economic stress,” he noted.

 “The mining issue is pending in the Supreme Court, while the state government has no plans to revive tourism in Goa, with the tourism season set to start from mid-October,” Mhambre said, pointing out that the stakeholders from the tourism industry are asking for support, while taxi unions, shack owners and hotel unions asking for revival package as nominal as fee waiver, but not a single statement in this regard is coming from the Chief Minister or the Tourism Minister.

“This shows the seriousness and intent of the BJP government towards reviving the economy of Goa,” he said.

Meanwhile, the AAP Ponda unit reached out to Kavle village panchayat and donated 10 oximeters, just as the party’s Oximitras performed the oxygen testing activity in this panchayat area.