Goa marching ahead in each and every sector: Guv

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Panaji: Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Friday said that due to boost offered by the double engine government, the coastal state has achieved milestones in various fields, which has been reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Addressing the Budget Session of Goa Legislative Assembly on Friday, the Governor said that for the past few years, the State of Goa has been marching ahead in each and every sector due to the boost

offered by the Double Engine Government and has achieved milestones in various fields.

“This has been reflected in the Sustainable

Development Goals (SDG) Index 3.0 wherein Goa has become Achiever in two goals, Frontrunner in eight goals, Performer in three goals and Aspirant in two goals,” he said.

The week long Assembly session began on Friday, which will culminate on February 10. Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar received the Governor in the House.

In his speech, the Governor said that Goa has gone one step ahead in preparing its own methodology in line with NITI Aayog to compute Goa SDG

Index 2023.

“As per this report, the State has become Achiever in four goals, Frontrunner in ten goals and Performer

in two goals,” he said.

The Governor said that  Goa has also prepared its State Indicator Framework 2.0 in line with National Indicator Framework of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI).

“My Government has created a dedicated cell so as to identify new Central/Centrally sponsored Schemes (CS/CSS) as well as dovetailing of schemes and also to maximise the inflow of Central funds in the State,” he said.

The Governor said that the Cell will function under the overall supervision of Directorate of Planning, Statistics & Evaluation.

“The Cell will regularly co-ordinate with the

Central Ministries and the concerned State Departments for fast tracking of approvals for Detailed Project Report/Annual Action Plan and release of funds,” he added.

Pillai said that the economy of the State has shown tremendous progress. “This is reflected in the State Gross State Domestic Product (at current prices)

which has increased by 33 per cent in 2023

(Projected) as compared to 2019-20.”

The Governor said that  the per capita income has

increased by 30 per cent during the same period.

“I feel proud to inform this August house that 30 per cent of the vacancies of police constables are being filled by mode of absorption from Home Guard

volunteers. 161 Home Guards have been appointed on absorption to the post of Police Constable in the Goa

Police Department,” he added.

Speaking about the law and order, the Governor said that State Police ensured that the Crime, Law and Order situation in the state remained under control.

“This is reflected in crime detection rate which is 85.83 per cent and seize of 159.17 kgs of drugs worth Rs.396.35 lakh under NDPS Act during the current financial year upto November, 2023.”

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