When petrol prices were hiked by the Centre, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar drastically lowered them in the State and now, in yet another show of one-upmanship, Parrikar has assured that Goans will get a yearly quota of 12 cylinders at subsidized rates as compared to the nine proposed by the central government.
Parrikar was speaking at a largely attended public meeting during the Jansampark Abhiyan rally at Netravali-Sanguem on Sunday night.
“People from Goa need not worry about the cap fixed by the Central government as the BJP government will ensure supply of 12 gas cylinders to every family in a year at subsidized rates,” assured Parrikar, amid a thunderous applause from the audience.
“As assured in the election manifesto, the BJP government has rolled out several schemes for the benefit of citizens, including the Laadli Laxmi and Griha Aadhar schemes,” he said.
The chief minister also mentioned that schemes would be formulated for the benefit of people affected by the mining ban.
“No schemes formulated by the BJP government will be stopped at any stage due to financial reasons as my government is financially sound despite a loss of revenue from mining activity,” assured Parrikar.
Parrikar also promised to solve the problems of residents in Sanguem “in due course of time” and also assured to visit Sanguem on a regular basis.
In his address, Industries Minister Mahadev Naik also echoed Parrikar’s statements by mentioning that the BJP government is mulling a provision for jobs to the mining affected people.
“Efforts are on to develop environment-friendly industries in rural areas with the sole objective to provide jobs to locals affected by the mining ban,” added Naik.
Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldessai criticized some landlords from Verlem, Netravali, Salgini and Tudov areas for allegedly grabbing land of the tribals by making false documents.
“Due to fake documentation by the landlords from these areas, tribals are at receiving end as they cannot get benefit of any government schemes as property papers are in the name of third parties,” he said.
He urged the government to consider the long-standing demand of the people living in hinterland areas for eco-tourism development.
“Netravali has vast potential for eco-tourism development, which will benefit a large number of villagers who otherwise solely depend on agricultural activities,” said Phaldessai.
Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Narendra Sawaikar, BJP President Vinay Tendulkar and others also spoke.
Earlier, Parrikar felicitated party workers Prasad Tilve, Navnath Naik, Anand Naik, Jano Tato, Keshav Chintamani Dev, Prakash Prabhudessai and Manoj Paryekar. [H]