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Panaji: Governor B S Koshyari on Monday stated that post-COVID-19 pandemic situation, the coastal state is nearing complete normalcy.

The Governor was addressing first day of five-day-long State Legislative Assembly Session, which began on Monday.

“Though the State has suffered a lot in terms of Socio-Economic and Infrastructure development taking a backseat in the Covid times, but due to systematic planning, regular monitoring and instantaneous corrective measures by the State administration, the State is now gaining momentum in its activities from micro to macro level and is nearing complete normalcy,” the Governor said.

He said the COVID-19 (pandemic) is an eye opener, which has taught an important learning to the people and also to the States to be self-reliant.

The Governor said that though, there was demonetization effect and economic slowdown during 2017-18, the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) for the year 2017-18 at current prices stood at Rs 69,352.05 crore registering a growth rate of 9.29 per cent as compared to previous year 2016-17.

“The provisional estimates of GSDP at current prices for the year 2018-19 is Rs 73,170.33 crore with an estimated growth rate of 5.51 per cent as compared to 2017-18. Goa has highest per capita income (at current prices) in the country which stood at Rs 4.54 lakh for the year 2017-18 and for the 2018- 19 stood at Rs 4.76 lakh,” he said.

Referring to the mining industry, Governor said the mining is an important sector in the State economy, which had been contributing about 16 per cent of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP)

in 2011-12 and in 2019-20 (Q) is contributing only about 0.2 per cent.

“Goa Government has conducted 24 e- auctions and sold 14.68 Million Tons of the mineral iron ore lying at various stack yards,” he said.

“My Government is continuously making efforts to resume mining in a systematic manner by rejuvenating the State‟s economy preserving the environment, the natural resources, the health status of the people in the mining sector with the main vision to ensure “sustainable mining” in the State of Goa,” he added.

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