Stating that the revenues predicted by the government in the budget seemed to be more of optimism than realism, the independent legislator from Fatorda, Mr Vijai Sardessai has urged the government to stop spending on doles and continue spending on developmental activities.
Participating in the general discussion on budget on Wednesday, Mr Sardessai also said that the Laadli Laxmi Scheme should show result in terms of tackling the falling sex ratio and hence should be totally redesigned. He also said that this scheme along with the Griha Aadhar Scheme should not be implemented with partisan considerations.
He said that debt servicing would be a huge issue in days ahead in view of increased borrowings and that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, who is also the Finance Minister, should see the writing on the wall and not add up to the problem.
Dealing on the issue of one-time settlement proposed by the Chief Minister in his budget speech, the Fatorda MLA said that the government should ensure strict guidelines to avoid unguided discretion. He also cautioned the government about the anti-evasion bureau, proposed to plug seepage of tax revenue, could be used to settle scores with certain businesses and establishments.
He said that he was expecting an innovative budget to deal with the present economic scenario but added that the Chief Minister has disappointed him and Goans by presenting a budget that did not have much for the common Goan. “The Chief Minister has acted like a prisoner of problems rather than a true fighter,” he said adding that there was nothing to take the Goan economy forward.
He also said that temporary closure of mines had given an opportunity to the state government to free the state economy from the shackles of mining and give a boost to other sectors like industries, tourism, and agriculture by introducing big ticket reforms. He, however, congratulated the Chief Minister for giving budget speech in Konkani. Describing the delivery of the budget speech in Konkani by the Chief Minister as historical, the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from St Andre, Mr Vishnu Surya Wagh, said that there was need to protect the heritage of the state, even as he called for equal distribution of developmental works in the state.
He wondered how long the government would go on supporting the people affected by the suspension of mining in the state, even as he called for asking the mining companies to share the expenditure. The mining companies that have earned should be made to share the cost of support to the affected people, he added, even as he asked why only mining-affected were being given the support.
The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislator from Ponda, Mr Lavu Mamledar, raised the issue of resolution passed at the gram sabhas and the attempts by some to enforce these resolutions subsequently on panchayats. He also said that the government should come with clear-cut guidelines about the percentage of people to be present for gram sabhas.
Mr Francisco Xavier Pacheco, the Goa Vikas Party legislator from Nuvem, said that there was need to improve law and order so as to attract tourists as well the industries to the state. He said that the private sector should be involved in improving the infrastructure in the tourism sector.
Mr Kiran Kandolkar, the BJP legislator from Tivim, said that illegal houses, constructed on Communidade, government and private lands, should be legalised and that the government should set 2012 as the cut-off date for legalising such houses. He also said that conditions for availing loans for self employment etc from Economic Development Corporation and Goa Other Backward Classes Corporation should be simplified. He said that strict conditions are prevented people from availing loans from these institutions. Others who participated in the discussions were Mr Caitu D’Silva, Dr Pramod Sawant and Mr Anant Shet. [NT]