India Today magazine conducted an in-depth study of the state and announced two district and seven taluka awards at the state conclave on Day 3.
North Goa won the best district award on parameter of education, infrastructure, health, law and order, prosperity, industries and services while South Goa district won on parameter of sanitation, health, infant and maternal mortality rate and agriculture.
The Chief Minister presented the India Today district and taluka awards in the presence of Aroon Purie, chairman of India Today group and Raj Chengappa, editorial director. The North Goa award was received by R Menaka, district collector and South Goa jointly by Arvind Kutkar, additional collector and Dr Jose D’sa, director of public health services.
Bardez won best taluka award in education, female literacy category which was received by Teny Alvares, senior officer and Tiswadi won in utilities category received jointly by the sub divisional magistrate Sudhir Kerkar and HP Vivek respectively.
Mormugao taluka won in water and sanitation category, which was received by the deputy collector Paresh Faldesai. Rural belt taluka Canacona won in the agriculture category with Vikas Kamble, deputy collector receiving the award.
Tiswadi won two more awards in prosperity and per capita depositor category which was received by HP Vikas, deputy collector. Salcete taluka won in the industry category in terms of highest number of workforce and Arvind Kutkar, additional collector (south) accepted the award.
While explaining the methodology on how the districts
were ranked, Ajit Kumar Jha, consulting editor (research), India Today, said
that the talukas
and districts of Goa were ranked on the basis of hard data using parameters like education, infant and maternal mortality rate, literacy, infrastructure, health facilities, industrial development, prosperity in terms of highest deposits, agricultural growth etc.