Panaji: The Congress party on Thursday sought from the 15th Finance Commission Rs 2,750 crore for the state of Goa.
A Congress delegation comprising of leader of opposition Digambar Kamat and Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief Girish Chodankar made a representation before the members of the Commission.
Kamat told media that he has told the Commission that Goa cannot be penalised, because it is a performing state. He said that the Centre has always considered parameters like performance, high rate of literacy, high per capita income etc when it comes to devolution of grants to states and as per the central government’s requirement, Goa fulfills most of the criteria.
“I have brought it to the notice of the panel that Goa fund collection vis-a-vis tax generation is highest in the country. Today, since the revenue generation is less, I have told them that Goa deserves at least 50 per cent share out of it,” he said.
Chodankar said that the party has put forward a demand of Rs 1,200 crore to address the climate change issues, Rs 550 crore for state maritime board, special allocation for Western Ghat development programme, village panchayat bodies and civic bodies as well as Zilla Panchayats and Rs 150 crore as one-time booster package to rehabilitate and protect traditional occupations. He said 50 per cent of the collection of taxes must come back to the state.
Further, the party has also sought allocation of an amount of Rs 250 crore for converting uncultivable land into cultivable one and an amount of Rs 300 crore for setting up of new waste management plants in Goa.