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God Help GIDC

GIDC has no money to develop old and new industrial estates The Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) has not been able to undertake or complete some of its projects due to financial crisis. Industrial estates at Panchawadi in Ponda and Latambarcem in Bicholim have been hanging fire for years together. The two industrial estates were announced seven years ago, but …

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A Task For Goa BJP

Karnataka must get only drinking water from Kalasi-Banduri project The much-awaited response of Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar to the letter of Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant seeking to restrain Karnataka from going ahead with the Kalasa-Banduri project, which is aimed at diverting water from the Mhadei basin to the Malprabha basin, did not contain …

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Fish Out Of Hands

A fisheries corporation can make cheap and safe local fish available A proposal to set up a fisheries corporation is hanging fire with the state government. The idea was to have a dedicated apparatus to help the fishing community sell their catch easily and supply fish to consumers at reasonable prices. Former fisheries minister Vinod Palyekar says Chief Minister Pramod …

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Frauds At Work

Govt officers must detect fraud in welfare schemes at early stage The state tribal welfare department has taken a serious note of the unusual rise in the number of tribals availing benefit under Matruta Yojana and Antya Sanskar Sahay Yojna. The department provides financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to tribals under the ‘Matruta Yojana’ to enable them to undergo …

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Human Life Is Cheap

Government departments must work together to prevent death on roads THE accident involving several vehicles on the Old-Goa-Ribandar bypass at the Chimbel junction snuffed out the life of a young person on Thursday. Three persons received serious injuries in the accident in which a tanker loaded with bromide waste hit seven other vehicles. The driver of the tanker claimed that …

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Watch The Watchmen

Govt must provide basic amenities to team keeping a watch on Nalini THE members of the surveillance team posted to monitor the stranded naphtha-laden tanker MV Nu-Shi Nalini at the Marivel beach at Dona Paula are working for 24 hours without any basic amenities. They have not been given proper space to sit or stand to discharge their duty. The …

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Boost Organic Farming

An organic agriculture university wouldn’t transform Goan economy THE state government has given approval in principle to the agriculture department’s proposal to set up an organic agriculture university. According to Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar who holds the agriculture portfolio, the idea behind the proposal is to encourage the hinterland talukas of the state, which are predominantly agricultural, to boost …

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Say No To RO

Goa govt must sensitize people on ill-effects of use of RO purifiers MORE and more Goans now prefer to drink safe water, but they have to be careful about what source they are using. Nearly six months ago the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to prohibit the use of reverse …

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Grow More Vegetables

Goan farmers must give up their obsession with paddy IT would be interesting to see how the Goa government manages to keep vegetable supplies to the state sufficient enough to keep prices under control. Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Govind Gaude has suggested to the chairman of Goa State Horticultural Corporation (GSHC) to hold meetings with farmers’ associations in …

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A Looming Disaster

Need for faster decision making on salvaging the ill-fated vessel Even as the naphtha-laden MV Nu-Shi Nalini remains grounded just a few hundred metres off the Marivel beach for the third week, the authorities appear to be at sea. When it ran aground the government promised that agencies would empty its content within two days and ensure that there was …

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