Panaji: Governor Satya Pal Malik held a meeting with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Chief Secretary Parimal Rai, IAS, at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday to take a stock of the economy of the State during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also present was Rupesh Kumar Thakur, IAS, Secretary to Governor.
The Governor congratulated Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister and Parimal Rai, IAS, Chief Secretary for successfully containing the spread of Covid-19 in Goa. However, he advised the State to be on constant guard against the unseen enemy.
The Governor said that though Goa is presently Covid free, the State has not escaped from the jolt of economic slowdown due to Covid-19 outbreak. Though the State is mainly agrarian in nature, it had a huge revenue coming from Tourism and Mining. Already nonexistent mining activity since 2012 had hit the Goan economy and now with the outbreak of Corona, Tourism activity too seems to have been severely affected. Governor Malik suggested that mining activity should be restarted as early as possible. Mining activities have halted since 2018 after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases. The Government has to fast track the proposal before the central Government for resumption of mining leases by way of legislative cure in the form of amendment to the mining laws, so as to get extension for leases upto 2037.
The Governor suggested that the government should also focus on Tourism industry by reinventing its identity as a tourist destination for rich culture, heritage, architecture and culinary aspects.
The Governor advised the government to focus on industries specially IT industries, knowledge based industries, pharma Industries in the State by incentivising them through various government run schemes, simplifying procedures and providing single window facilities. He further said that Goa can also be developed as a place for medical tourism and wellness tourism. Goa has several Ayurveda and Yoga Resorts, which are to be promoted and publicised aggressively.
The Chief Minister said that a committee has already been constituted by the State government to study the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and suggested measures to revive the Goan economy. The committee has submitted its preliminary report to the Government which is being examined. The Chief Minister assured the Governor that all possible measures would be taken to revive the economy which has been severely dented by the Covid-19 pandemic.