Panaji: The Government is improving the ports connectivity and is striving to make Goa an inland water logistic hub so as to use the waterways in an optimal manner thereby reducing the dependence on roadways said Minister for Science and Technology and Waste Management, Ports and Rural Development, Shri Michael Lobo after he unfurled the National Tri Colour at the Republic Day celebrations at Mapusa, today.
Speaking of the Government’s vision to make Goa garbage free, Shri Lobo said that the Government was striving to give impetus to waste management so as to see Goa a garbage free state by 2022 which will help attract tourist to the beautiful state. He informed that through the Goa Waste Management Corporation, the State is achieving the establishment and development of facilities for scientific treatment and management of waste.
Highlighting the plans to empower women, Shri Lobo said that the State has also decided to fast track the process of building Goa Bazaar at Merces as it will help in creating a permanent venue for empowering self-help groups and ultimately help in empowering the women.
Shri Lobo further added that through the Rural Development Agency, the State is successfully implementing several schemes of the State and Central Government where the main focus is to reach the hinterlands and villages of Goa by giving the people of Goa benefits of various welfare schemes.
Present on the occasion were Mapusa MLA, Shri Joshua D’Souza, Tivim MLA, Shri Nilkanth Halarnkar, Additional Collector, Mapusa, Shri Mahadev Aroundekar, Deputy Collectors, Ms Mamu Hage, IAS, and Shri Akshay Potekar, Mamlatdars, Chairperson of Mapusa Municipal Council Shri Ryan Braganza, councillors of Mapusa Municipal Council, Government officers, among others.
The students from various schools presented a cultural program.