The Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, on Friday, stated in the State Legislative Assembly that his government has begun planning development works for the next 25 years.
Speaking during the general discussion on budget, the Chief Minister said that his government is committed towards ‘Sabka sath, sabka vikas aur sabka vishwas,’ and not here “to make development of any individuals.”
“We are here for carrying out the development of the entire state and not for carrying out development of only the ruling members’ constituencies,” he clarified, and added that though few issues have not been reflected in his budget speech, the budgetary allocation is done for every department.
He further said that various development works, including widening of national highways and other roads and construction of bridges are underway, and Goa will see the impact of development in the next three years.
Sawant said that he will not compromise on the interest of the state, and added that his government is for the development of the entire state.
“We are going to constitute an advisory body on the lines of NITI Aayog for planning and guiding the government,” he said, maintaining that the government will try to complete all the national highway projects from Pernem to Canacona as early as possible.
The Chief Minister also informed the House that the state may get the dates for organising National Games from the Centre by next Tuesday.
He also assured the members of the House that they should not worry about the state’s loan as it is within the limit of three per cent of the central norms.
“Yes, the government is taking loans like the Centre and other states for the development works, which is within the limit. And, my government has the capacity to repay the loans for which the State of Goa has been maintaining the Consolidated Sinking Fund (CSF) and the Guarantee Redemption Fund (GRF) with the Reserve Bank of India as buffers for repayment of state debt liabilities. As on 31st March, 2019, the Corpus of Consolidated sinking fund is Rs 603.54 crore and Corpus of Guarantee Redemption Fund is Rs 303.90 crore,” he added.
As regard the Sanjivanee Sugar Factory, the Chief Minister said that the government has not yet taken decision with regard to the closure of the lone sugar factory, and thus nobody should worry about it.
“Currently, the loss incurred by the sugar factory is Rs 102 crore, and we don’t know how much it will go further,” he said.
He maintained that the government is concerned about the livelihood of the sugarcane farmers, and without consulting them it will not take any decision on the factory.
The Chief Minister also assured that development of jetties under Sagarmala project is for tourism purpose and not to facilitate coal transportation.
Sawant reiterated that his government is very serious on finding solution for the resumption of iron ore mining.
He said that his government is committed to transparent and corruption-free administration, and appealed to the opposition to co-operate with the government to serve the people of Goa.