Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday extended the ‘Swayampurna Goem’ initiative to municipal areas so as to make civic bodies self-reliant.
Addressing chairpersons and councillors of some municipal councils on Monday through video conferencing, Sawant announced that the government will allocate a fund of Rs 1 crore to each municipality and the Corporation of the City of Panaji to take up innovative developmental projects in urban areas.
The fund will be allotted to urban local bodies from the Rs 300 crore announced by the Centre in the Union budget to celebrate 60 years of Goa’s Liberation from the Portuguese rule, he said.
Speaking further at the video conferencing, which was also attended by officers of all the 14 municipalities, Sawant claimed that 95 per cent of village panchayats of the state have started showing signs of self-reliance.
He appealed to the municipalities to come out with innovative ideas on developmental projects and submit them to the government through Swayampurna Mitras, the designated civil service officers appointed for the civic bodies.
“We launched the ‘Swayampurna Goem’ initiative for village panchayats on October 2, 2020. In the last four months, the government has been receiving good response from the village panchayats, and the initiative has been showing good results,” he maintained.
He asked the municipalities to look into regularisation of government properties in the municipal areas.
“I feel bad to see that even after 60 years of Goa’s Liberation many original Goans are still facing challenges vis-à-vis basic amenities. Under the ‘Swayampurna Goem’ initiative, municipalities and councillors will have to ensure that government schemes reach all households and that they get basic facilities,” he said.
The Chief Minister also said the state government has already begun releasing funds to the municipalities under the 15th Finance