Parrikar compares his troubles with the sufferings of Jesus Christ
Comparing his troubles with the suffering of Jesus Christ who was prosecuted for trying to do good for society, chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said he would not bow down to pressure tactics, and would go down fighting for his "principles".
He was speaking after inaugurating the Parra beautification works. Parra is Parrikar's home village and an emotional chief minister dwelt at length on the troubles facing his government following the ban on mining, and the constant speculation about a leadership change.
He said that despite the shortfall of revenue from the mining sector, the BJP-led government had still managed to implement most of the promised welfare schemes, and that he has been able to do so by plugging revenue leakages. "If you take all the welfare schemes we have implemented, each family in Goa will get not less than Rs 50,000 per year," he said.
The Parra beautification work has been undertaken at a cost of Rs 1.3 crore and involves construction of a decorative entrance to the village, pavements, bus-bays and parking lots. "We are also going to build a sports complex at Muddavaddo, with a jogging track and facilities for various sports," Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said, thanking landowner Georgina Costa for giving away the land for road widening and bus-bays.
Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar who was present said Costa had also donated land for road-widening on a previous occasion.
Costa said, "This will help the aam admi. There is no place for walking or parking. Our family has been here for 340 years and in the past too we have helped develop the village. By donating land for this cause, we are taking this family tradition ahead." [TOI]