Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wedensday announced that his government will take up the issue of waste management on a mission mode to ensure that the coastal state becomes garbage free in next five years.
Sawant told reporters that Goa government will initiate ‘Green Goa, Clean Goa’ initiative under Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan with an intention to concentrate on treating the waste at its source.
“We have chalked out a program for next one year. We know that Goa will not be completely garbage free within a year but if we continue in next five years, we should be able to see clean Goa,” he commented.
The Chief Minister would be unveiling the initiative during 32nd Goa Statehood Day which will be celebrated on Thursday (May 30) by hosting a state-level function in Panaji.
Sawant also said that he has taken oath to treat his own garbage for which the Home Composting Unit has been set at his residence. “I will ensure that all the garbage treated at State secretariat and government offices is treated at its source.
The Chief Minister has nominated three people including both the Deputy Chief Ministers – Vijai Sardesai and Manohar Ajgaonkar and Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar to take similar oath and install Home Composting units at their residences and offices.
Sawant said that his government will address all the issues related to youth, and also will encourage them to take up farming as mode of employment to that agriculture becomes backbone of State’s economy.
“During Portuguese era, Goa’s economy was entirely dependent on agriculture which was later replaced with other activities. Now, youth should take up agriculture using all the incentives available with the State government,” he said.