PANAJI: Amid the on-going turmoil that continues to engulf the state, Goencho Avaaz is offering the people of Goa the hope of a brighter and safer future with the unveiling of its healthcare and law & order policies.
Commenting on the announcement at a press conference, Captain Viriato Fernandes, State Convenor of Goencho Avaaz Party said: ‘Today we are sharing our vision for a new and improved Goa that encompasses all sections of society. As everyone knows, ours is a regional party, and as such we have our finger firmly on the pulse of what the people of Goa need. ‘’
‘’We are reimagining the state of Goa, to offer a version that we believe would provide the best quality of life to Goans across the board. Today, it gives me tremendous pleasure to showcase our healthcare and law and order policies so that people can understand the kind of governance that we can bring to the table. At Goencho Avaaz, we believe that universal healthcare is every Goan’s birthright. Therefore, we have formulated a new healthcare model titled ‘Goenchi Arogya Plan’. We will be offering free and accessible healthcare to easily avail of medical facilities and treatment. We will also be upgrading existing government health centres to provide state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, we will be rolling out doorstep delivery of basic healthcare in villages in Goa to the aged and elderly. Intern doctors attached to various PHCs will pay monthly visits to the homes of the elderly to conduct basic health check-ups. Existing hospitals and healthcare facilities will be upgraded to create speciality departments (e.g cancer, dialysis, cardiology, mammography, MRI etc).
‘’Law and order is another important aspect that needs serious consideration. The current scenario is rife with challenges, such as political interference in police postings. Our immediate priority will be to table the Police Reform Bill that will insulate the police force from political interference to allow them to freely perform their duties. The huge shortage of DySPs in the Goa Police Force is another issue that continues to plague Goa. The second bill that we will get passed in the Assembly will be a Bill on Women and Child safety aimed at preventing crime against them, whilst expediting justice to victims. In continuation of our efforts to keep women safe, we will also be conducting a safety audit across to identify all of Goa’s crime hot-spots. PCR vans attached to every police station jurisdiction will patrol all over including beaches. We will increase CCTV cameras and prioritize on-going maintenance to ensure that they remain in working condition. We will leverage technology with the help of an app or digital service on the phones of women that will alert the nearest police station in case of an emergency. This is only a preview of the first two policies that we would like to share with the people.