Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant after a meeting with Goa Football Association (GFA) president Churchill Alemao sanctioned an amount of Rs one crore with a promise to check the viability of releasing an additional amount to meet the demand of Rs five crore put before him.
“Churchill has always been demanding that football be helped; not just his club but all clubs and it is because of his passion for football; what he has done and is capable of doing that is one of the main reasons why I think football needs help from the government,” said the Chief Minister.
“I have read the demand of GFA for Rs five crore. I am not able to take a stand on the full amount now but promise to speak with my finance department and see how provisions can be made to see that the remaining amount can be released to GFA,” the
Chief Minister told the Executive Committee (EC) members during his interaction with them on Tuesday.
“Football is the official game of Goa and I will see to it that provisions are made in the budget next year so that GFA can receive grants to run the game,” stated Sawant.
“Football in Goa is bouncing with joy today. It was nice of the Chief Minister to listen to our demands and accept our need for financial help. This one crore is just a step. The CM has promised us more money in the days to come and I with the rest of the executive committee members will work a system wherein all clubs affiliated to GFA will get to see a share of this money received,” GFA president Churchill Alemao promised The Navhind Times.
“It is too early now to say how much each club is going to receive. But, we will work a system where all the clubs benefit. The money we get will be spent to improve football in Goa. Football starts with the small clubs,” added Churchill.
“I am happy that the Chief Minister understood the problems faced by us. We gave a detailed break up of our expenditure and the money that will help clubs in Goa to boost the game. The decision of the CM will go a long way in helping football in Goa,” added Churchill.
It may be noted here that the GFA has been going through a financial slump since the time of the last EC. The financial woes of the Association continued under Churchill and at the EC meeting on August 27, 2019 it was decided to withdraw Rs 11 lakh from a Fixed Deposit.
“The benefit of the grant, as and when released, would be passed on to affiliated clubs and the fees to be paid by clubs would be restructured so as to alleviate the burden on clubs,” read a note of the minutes of the August 27, 2019 meeting.