CM holds out hope for the jobless




Holding out hope for  the unemployed, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said  the government will resume recruitments from January next year  as  new employment-generating  “clusters” are being developed in the state with the support from the Centre.

Speaking to media persons on Saturday at Mapusa after chairing a meeting of the BJP state executive, Sawant  said, “Recruitments  will recommence from January. Employment opportunities for the youth in private and public sectors will
be created.”

The state has been  working on cluster development, including setting up of a medical device park,  with the support from the central government. Some 28 new schemes will be implemented in the state under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission,  Sawant said.

Touching upon implementation of the new national education policy, Sawant said, “There is lot of scope for the youth under the national education policy.  We should implement the policy in the state in 2021.”

Replying to a  question on medium  of instruction in  mother tongue, he said the government has never been opposed to education in  mother tongue.

Speaking on reopening of high schools and higher secondary schools, the Chief Minister disclosed that some 10-12 schools have already started with “regular classes”, adding that  he will hold a review meeting on October 2 and firm up a decision after taking stakeholders into confidence.

A programme to train BJP workers will commence on October 15, he said, exuding confidence of retaining power after  the 2022 assembly elections.

He said the government has not suspended the implementation  of any welfare schemes, although the state has been facing financial crunch caused by the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdown.

“When I took over as the Chief Minister, the state borrowings stood at   Rs 20,240 crore. My government has taken loans  running into Rs 2,500 crore. Nevertheless  we have till date repaid Rs 3,000 crore loan,” he maintained.  

State  BJP  president Sadanand  Tanavde, Power Minister Nilesh Cabral also attended the  press briefing.