Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant said that Goa has become the first state to cover 90 per cent of its eligible population with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The chief minister was addressing the state level function of Independence Day on Sunday at Panaji. He said the state will vaccinate entire eligible population with the first dose soon.
“We undertook the vaccination drive in the state and I am proud to announce that Goa became the first state to cover 90 per cent of its population with the first dose,” he said.
He said that the state fought back the pandemic ably due to the efforts of various frontline workers and covid warriors, who were in the field during the outbreak of COVID-19.
Sawant said that the state government continued with all the social welfare during the pandemic times.
The chief minister also announced that the first phase of Mopa International airport would be inaugurated on August 15, 2022. “We are confident that the first phase of this project would be commissioned on August 15, 2022 at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he added.
In a populist announcement, Sawant said that from September 01 onwards, the Goans will get 16,000 litres of tap water per month free of cost.
Sawant also assured that the government will not compromise on the inter state water dispute on Mahadayi river. “We will not stop till we win our battle on Mahadayi issue,” he said.
In his speech, Sawant remembered the Indian Olympicians who won the medals during recently held event.
He said that the BJP government has been creating new milestones of infrastructure and social welfare schemes since 2012. He said that the human development has been core of the governance during the tenure of the BJP led government.
Sawant said that the skill honing has also been given thrust in the academic curriculum.
“500 organic clusters have been developed by including 12,000 farmers into it. He said that the e-krishi activities are launched so that the farmers are reached out through digitalization,” the chief minister added.
During the year 2021, 6571 farmers were paid subsidy of Rs 33 crore as a part of white revolution in the state, he said.
Sawant said that the state government would launch “Swacch Bharat Mission Gramin” scheme from today onwards.