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Chief Minister Pramod Sawant inspects the guard of honour given on the occasion of the Goa Liberation Day at the Parade Ground, Campal, on Thursday.

State going through financial crunch: CM

Panaji: Admitting that the state has been going through financial crunch, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday assured to take the required steps even as he expressed hope that the situation will improve soon.

“Due to various reasons, the economy of the state has begun to suffer. To improve this situation, the government will take up different measures, which will help bring about desired results soon,” said Sawant while addressing the people at the state-level function held to commemorate the 58th Goa Liberation Day at Parade Ground at Campal in Panaji.

Sawant inspected the guard of honour given on the occasion of the Goa Liberation Day.

Later, interacting with media persons, Sawant said the petition filed by the state for the resumption of mining activities will be heard by the Supreme Court on January 8, 2020.

“We had been expecting a positive response from the hearing of the case this month. But it has now been postponed as some urgent matter concerning the country came up before the SC. We are sure that we will get a positive response when the matter is heard on January 8,” Sawant said.

Delivering his speech in Konkani, Sawant said that many projects are being pursued with the central government and efforts have been on to set up campuses of top educational institutions like All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Indian Institute of Management.

Goa is emerging as an educational hub, he emphasised, adding that the required land has been allotted in the state to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Technology and National Institute of Technology.

Sawant clarified that he will not compromise on the Mhadei water dispute, and reckoned that the central government keeping in abeyance the consent granted to Karnataka’s Kalasa-Banduri project in Khanapur taluka of Belagavi district of Karnataka should be looked upon as a victory for Goa.

“The Mhadei is like my mother to me, and I want to assure you that all efforts are on to resolve the tangle,” he said.

The Chief Minister urged Goans not to fall prey to the rumours or false propaganda as regards the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

“Whether you are Hindus, Muslims, Christians or followers of any other religion, you should not be in any fear. As the Chief Minister of the state, I want to tell the people of Goa that it is my duty to protect the interest of all communities. Nobody will face any problem vis-à-vis the CAA, the Chief Minister assured.

Appealing to the kin of freedom fighters not to resort to agitation, Sawant said the government is committed to giving jobs to the children of freedom fighters.

“We are aware of the contribution and sacrifices made by the freedom fighters to liberate Goa from the Portuguese regime. Keeping this in mind, the government has been endeavouring to give jobs to their children taking into account the legal aspect,” he explained.

The Chief Minister later presented awards including Chief Minister’s Police Gold Medals to the police personnel, and Chief Minister’s Fire Service Medals to the personnel of the directorate of fire and emergency services.

A number of social workers were also felicitated on the occasion.

The event ended with a cultural dance programme presented by students from different schools.

Speaker of the state legislative assembly Rajesh Patnekar, Opposition leader Digambar Kamat, Revenue Minister Jennifer Monserrate and St Andre MLA Francisco Silveira also attended the function. 

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