– Announcement of jobs without provision of funds
PANJIM: The President of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Girish Chodankar has termed the presentation of budget was in ‘Ghajini’ style, full of hollow promises, creation of jobs without fund provision, and hence trying to fool people for next assembly election 2022.
He said that it is evident that the BJP government has used the budget not for development, but electoral benefit. “Many schemes announced earlier are repeated again in this budget. It is imaginary and unrealistic without any serious thinking. The proposals announced will never come into reality as this Chief Minister has pushed Goa into debt trap.” He said.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant doesn’t remember what he and his predecessors had announced in the previous budgets. Maybe he is having ‘Ghajini Syndrome’ and hence repeated many schemes from previous budgets.”
The only welcome annoucement in the Budget is of implementing “Goemche Daiz” Scheme for traditional occupationists which was actually prepared and notified by Congress Government claimed Girish Chodankar.
CM, in the past, had announced to create 10000 jobs, but he has failed to provide it. Now his new promise of creating 11,000 jobs will require Rs. 396 Cr per annum to pay salaries. But there is no provision made in the budget for the same, hence it is clear that this announcement is another Jumala to woo youths.” Girish Chodankar said.
Chodankar said that he would have welcomed the decision of creating 37000 jobs through the Investment Promotion Board, had the CM elaborated on it. “ CM has not said anything on 196 IPB projects cleared last year. CM failed to tell what happened to these projects and how much investment has actually come.” He said.
Chodankar said that announcement of establishing an ‘Eklavya Model Residential School’ with central assistance in the village of Arla Keri of Ponda Taluka to provide quality education to the ST Students is also an old promise given by earlier government.
He said that announcement with regards to Animal Husbandry is also old one. “support of Rs. 10 lakh for palliative care Center, job security to Contract labor and many other announcement by Pramod Sawant are repeated from past budgets.” He said.
“CM also says that Goa has achieved the target of being an Open Defecation Free state in the entire country and later added that the construction of toilets for households is going on in full swing and he plans to complete the same by October, 2021. This means that the State has not become free from open defecation. CM himself has exposed his lies.” Chodankar said.
He said that CM failed to promise helping hand to traditional businesses, who suffered during COVID period, out of 300 crores fund received for 60 years of liberation.
“Sawant has already sold our Mother Mhadei to Karnataka to get electoral benefits. Mhadei promise is another lie of Dr. Sawant. Drinking water is a big issue today and will worsen in coming days. But despite giving attention to the source of water, this brainless Government has only announced pipelines. If there is no water, then what is use of these pipelines.” Chodankar questioned.
“Even last year CM announced that all roads are hot mixed, if so why spend 609 Cr this year again. This is proof of corruption.” He said.
He also said that construction license will encroach into Rights of municipalities and panchayats. “Announcement of separate PPP department is to sell Goa’s land in wholesale.” He charged.
He also alleged that new excise policy will kill liquor industry of Goa, which is done at the behest of Maharashatra and Karanataka liquor lobby.
Chodankar pointed out that express ways are built by MoRTH, Govt of India then what is the need to spend money of the State. “It’s foolishness to anticipate ₹ 750 Cr from Central government as no release of last year has come yet. We are already down by 450 Cr.” He said.