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Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the next budget will contemplate the possibility of recruitments in private sector through State-run corporation.

Sawant told a gathering in his constituency at Sankhalim on Sunday that he is contemplating to have provision in the upcoming Budget to have recruitment in private sector through State run Goa Human Resource Development Corporation.

Chief minister’s announcement, however, has not gone down well with the industrialists, who have said that they would oppose any such plans, if designed by State government.

“In the next budget, we want to provide job security to youth of our state. We are contemplating to see the possibility whether recruitments in private sector could be done through Goa Human Resource Development Corporation,” Sawant said.

“If we can recruit them through the corporation, we will be able to create 10,000 more employment opportunities (in private sector) for the youth,” he added.

Sawant stated that it is not possible that all the unemployed youth would get jobs in government sector, due to which, the state government is looking at the private industries.

The industry has reacted sharply to the announcement.

Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has said that they would be opposing any such move. “If there is any such move, then we would be opposing it. In Principle, we are not for any such decision,” GCCI President Manoj Caculo said.

The industry players feel that they should be provided with the free environment for growth of the economy.

“If there is political interference in recruitments in the industry, then for sure, it would be detrimental for the growth of it,” another businessman said, refusing to get quoted.

Goa’s main opposition party has criticized Chief Minister’s move.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar said that political appointments should be kept away from private players as it involves the sentiments of the investors.

He also said that the competency and quality of the workforce selected by GHRDC could also be questionable.

“In several government jobs, political interference has overpowered the talent. Similar situation should not happen in private sector too,” he said.

“The youth will be frustrated. Government can implement the law of making 80 per cent of the total employment compulsory for locals in private industries based on the merit so that the youth do not get frustrated and brain drain is stopped,” he said.

Chodankar said that industrial estates in Goa are still struggling to put a decent infrastructure in place. “The issues like power and water supply are plaguing the industrial estate,” he added.

 “With this move, I am sure the industries will not even have proper manpower,” he said.

The Chief Minister addressing an event at Sankhalim on Sunday had also said that State government was working to enact legislations that would ensure employment to the locals in private sector.

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