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Sankhalim: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday expressed worry about state’s increasing dependence on neighboring states for our basic necessities.

Sawant was speaking during customer outreach program of banks and financial institutions held at Sankhalim village.

He said that though six million tourists visit Goa annually and equal number of migrants arrive, the state has failed to reap the benefit of this phenomenon.

Sawant said that Goans have failed to convert this flow into economic activity but instead is giving business opportunities to the people from neighboring states.

“The situation in Goa is bleak. We are dependent on neighboring states for basic necessities. We import milk from neighboring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka,” the chief minister said.

He said that the daily milk requirement of the state is 4.5 lakh litres of which only one lakh litre is produced in Goa.

“We import 3.5 lakh litres of milk from neighboring states due to which we are losing Rs 4.5 crore on daily basis to the neighboring states. This money could have remained in Goa, if we had capacity to produce the amount of milk that is required for local consumption,” he said.

Sawant said that the floricultural and horticultural produce, which is required in the state is imported from neighboring states, when the same can be produced locally.

“We should now decide not to sit back, but instead work towards starting small time businesses so that the state retains the revenue,” he said.

Speaking further, Sawant rued that several financial schemes of central government does not reach to the needy people due to red-tapism by the officials.

“It is unfortunate that the people are not aware about various financial schemes launched by central government to help needy people. Several times, the information about the scheme is caught in the files due to red-tapism,” the chief minister said.

Sawant was aggrieved after several participants for the function informed him that they were not informed about the scheme like “Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Yojana” by the banking officials.

The chief minister said that Prime Minister has launched several schemes aiming to give better life and financial support to the people. “But these schemes should reach to the people,” he said.

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