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Goa govt should release white paper on financial status: Girish Chodankar

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Panaji: Congress party in Goa on Thursday demanded that state government should release white paper on the financial status of Goa, immediately.

“CM should release White Paper on Financial Status of Goa immediately. BJP has already pushed Goa into the bankruptcy and state needs to come out of it,” Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar said.

“The admission by the Chief Minister  Pramod Sawant that the financial condition of the state is not good is a clear vindication of the Congress Party’s stand that the BJP Government has pushed the State into bankruptcy and there is financial emergency in Goa,” he said.

“We were raising these issue since November 2019 but the CM always tried to redicule our claims. Truth always prevails, and the calamity of Corona Virus has now compelled the CM to accept the reality,” Chodankar said.

He has demanded that the Chief Minister should immediately announce austerity measures for the next three years by completely putting a stop on foreign tours, promotional events and other wasteful expenditure such as construction of memorials etc and focus on providing relief to people in need.

“We must collectively find  means to come out if this problem at the earliest. We must involve experts in financial management who are ready to volunteer,” he said.

“We demand that the Chief Minister should come out with White Paper on exact financial condition of Goa with details of amount available in Contigency Fund, balance in CM Relief Fund, present liabilities of Goa Government including those of various Corporations and others,” he stated.

Chodankar said that CM should now announce his governments plans and preparation to handle  the situation if the lockdown is further extended. How will government compensate the small businessmans and daily earners who make a living through small businesses like Motorcycle Pilots, Pan Shops, Small Gadas, Fast Food Kiosks etc.

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