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Downsize cabinet, Sudin advises govt

Panaji: The former deputy chief minister and MGP MLA Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, on Friday, advised the Pramod Sawant-goverment to function with  reduced number of ministers as is being done in states like Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, to reduce the state expenses.

Addressing the media at the party office, Dhavalikar said that the government must take austerity measures immediately as the financial condition of the state is very bad.

“Though the state government is eligible to borrow Rs 4,450 crore for the current financial year, it must take austerity measures immediately by reducing the number of cabinet ministers and curtailing unwanted expenditure. Otherwise, the state will be bankrupt in the near future,” he said.

The former PWD Minister also said that the government needs Rs 500 crore for paying pending bills of the contractors, to complete the ongoing works, including JICA works, sewerage works besides for making payment towards pending bills of power department, water resources department and other bills.

He also asked the government to stop Rs 30-lakh housing loan scheme for the MLAs and ministers, further pointing out that the house loan scheme for employees has been scrapped by the state government.

The MGP leader further appealed to the government to come clean on whether the state has sufficient quarantine centres.

He also demanded to provide free quarantine facility and  testing facility for every Goan coming back to the state from other states and countries.

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