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GFP wants Rs. 6,000 cr allocated to Goa

Panaji: The Goa Forward Party (GFP) has sought from the finance panel Rs 6,000 crore for the rehabilitation of people affected by the closure of mining and to provide them alterative employment till the resumption of mining activity.

A GFP delegation led by its president and MLA Vijai Sardesai also emphasised on fund for a rapid public transportation system such as monorail or sky bus and a fair compensation to Goa on account of the land lost for island of Anjediv.

The party has also sought a one-time grant of Rs 200 crore to undertake special activities at the state, national and international level on the completion of 60 years of Goa’s liberation on December 19, 2021, and on the 75th anniversary of the Goa Revolution Day.

Furthermore, Sardesai said that GFP has demanded with the Finance Commission that it recommend a substantial fund for Goa, higher allocation of Rs 500 crore for management of disasters and for compensation and rehabilitation package for the period 2020-25 and financial assistance for tiger reserve in the state.

The GFP chief also stressed on special allocation formula for Goa, stating that if clubbed together with other states, as was done by the 14th Finance Commission, Goa may not be able to survive in the Indian Union as an economically viable and ecological resilient state.

The party said that a fair allocation of financial resources for the period 2020-25 for a small state like Goa will help repair, restore, rejuvenate and revive the idea of Goa.

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