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Efforts are on to promote agritourism, says Dy CM

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

structures.

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

and  Boilers.” 

“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.

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