Government proposes monthly compensation up to Rs 6,000 to mining-affected people: Governor

The Governor, Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo has said that his government intends to provide monthly cash compensation between Rs 3,000 and Rs 6,000 to those who were employed in mining-related activities and have been rendered jobless following "halting" of mining activities. Delivering the customary address to the state legislative assembly at the start of the winter session (first session of the year), the Governor also said that the government intended to spend at least Rs 15 crore every month during the calendar year as an interim relief to all whose livelihood has been terminated, by supporting them through rehabilitation schemes.

He said that the government’s vision was to make Goa a well-governed state, thus making it the most preferred destination for investors. "This will be achieved by adopting the principle of zero tolerance towards corruption and improving delivery of services by the government through e-governance initiatives and process re-engineering," he added in his 29-minute address to the House. The government, he said, was committed to the concept of zero tolerance towards corruption both at the political and bureaucratic level and has been pushing for appropriate solutions and actions to make the system move towards zero corruption level. He said that efforts at achieving zero tolerance to corruption include establishing and functioning of the Lokayukta and strengthening of vigilance and Anti-Corruption Departments. He said that efforts were already on to strengthen the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Departments. [NT]