Margao: Promising that the state of Goa would be soon made an organic state, the Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar, on Thursday, said that efforts are being made to promote agritourism in the state.
“We have completed the study. An expert has been appointed from Gujarat. The state government is making all efforts to make Goa an organic hub, which will help attract more tourists. We want to promote agritourism,” said Kavlekar.
The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking on the occasion of Liberation Day celebration at the South Goa Collectorate.
Kavlekar unfurled the National Flag and inspected the guard of honour in the presence of the legislators Churchill Alemao, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Clafacio Dias and Wilfred D’Sa and former legislator, Avertano Furtado.
Kavlekar said that the younger generation of the state has to take up the agriculture as an occupation the state government is providing a boost to the sector with the newer and attractive schemes, under the leadership of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
The Deputy Chief Minister further said that the Chief Minister is carrying out the development equally in the constituencies represented by the MLAs of the opposition parties even though the state is facing financial crisis due to the closure of mining in the state.
He said that the BJP is not communal as it is being portrayed.
“I have seen it by joining the party. BJP is not a communal party, but a party which takes all communities along,” he added.
He also said that heritage festival will be organised in Goa soon to highlight the importance of heritage
Patriotic songs were sung by the students of Ravindra Kelekar Dyanmandir, Vidyanagar, Aquem Margao, Presentation Convent High School, Margao and Mahila and Nutan High School, Margao.
On the occasion, a cultural programme was held to commemorate the day.
Students of St Joseph Institution, and Kendra Vidyalaya, from Vasco, New Educational institute, Curchorem, Mahila and Nutan High School, Margao, St Anthony High School, Galgibaba- Canacona, Our Lady of Fatima High School, Rivona, Jawahar Navodhaya, Canacona, A J De Almeida, Ponda, and Gomantak Vidyala, Dharbandora took part in the March Past.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, who also holds the portfolio of Factories and Boilers, said that “we have given three months’ time to the factories to get themselves registered with the department of Factories and Boilers, else we will take action against them.”
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Goa Liberation Day programme held at the South Goa Collectorate, Kavlekar said,
“Recently, we held a joint meeting with the officials of Labour Department, IDC, Power Department, Department of Industries and Department of Factories and Boilers, and there it was revealed that only 823 factories in Goa are registered with the department of Factories
“There are nearly 2,000 factories operating in Goa. After the inquiry, I found that all these are not registered with the government and are operating without registration. We have given them three months’ time to get themselves registered and complete the formalities, else we would be forced to take action against them,” he said.
He said that an attempt would, however, be made to hear them as to why they did not register with the factories and boilers’ department before taking a punitive action against them.
Kavlekar also said that the Department of Archives has taken up the work of digitisation of the old documents so as to make it easy for the people of Goa to get the copies of these documents.
He also informed that the government would take help of the translators to translate the Portuguese documents into English to end up the monopoly seen in the market for translating such documents.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that taluka-level offices of the Archives Department will be opened to decentralise the department.
“We will be opening first such office in Quepem for the talukas of Sanguem, Dharbandora, and Quepem at the Quepem Collectorate building,” he informed.