Ponda: To facilitate and guide villagers on various schemes of the state and central governments, government officers, who will be known as ‘karmayogi adhikaris’, will now spend four Sundays of every month in the state’s villages under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat and Swayampoorna Goy’ scheme.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced this on Sunday while addressing a gathering in Ponda as chief guest during the inauguration function of phase two ‘agri bazaar’ of Goa Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing Board (GAPLMB).
Stating that despite 60 years post Liberation, Goa is still dependent on other states for its everyday commodities, Sawant said the Atmanirbhar Bharat and Swayampoorna Goy scheme will play a major role in changing this scenario.
He said taking note of the same, the government has decided to depute a government officer in each village panchayat in the state as a ‘karmayogi adhikari’ on Sundays to help and guide villagers on various schemes of the state and the central governments like those linked to agriculture, horticulture, fish culture and other schemes.
Information regarding all such schemes will be made available at the people’s doorstep and the ‘karmayogi adhikaris’ will guide locals on the schemes, the Chief Minister said. He further said these officers will spend four Sundays of every month in the village panchayats for the next one year to help people with an aim of making Goa self-sufficient. Urging farmers to come together, the Chief Minister said, “If various organisations from the co-operative and agriculture sectors join hands and work together, making Goa self-dependent (atmanirbhar) won’t be a difficult task.”
Commenting on the sophisticated ‘agri bazaar’ premises in Ponda market sub yard, Sawant said the state-level weekly market of various farmers from across the state should be housed in the ‘agri bazaar’ premises wherein the local farmers can display their produce.
Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, Co-operation Minister Govind Gaude, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad Naik, Ponda MLA Ravi Naik, GAPLMB chairman Prakash Velip and others were present at the function.
Praising the premises created by GAPLMB, Kavlekar said it should be used properly for the benefit of farmers.
Gaude said the state government is committed to providing the best possible support to farmers in the state.
Former directors and members of GAPLMB were felicitated during the function.