Hundred percent implementable budget: Pramod Sawant


Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that the Budget which he had tabled on the floor of the House was “hundred percent implementable”.

Sawant on Thursday presented revenue surplus budget with the outlay of Rs 21,056.35 crore, during the ongoing session of the assembly.

The five-day-long session of the House will end on Friday (Feb 07).

“It is hundred percent implementable and realistic budget,” Sawant told reporters outside the state legislative assembly complex on Friday.

He said that the citizens and the media have lauded the budget on Thursday when it was present on the floor of the House.

 “The budget is without any burden on common man and it is for the sustainable development of Goa,” the chief minister said.

Sawant said that the budget has special attention towards “ease of doing business” by focusing on fine tuning of state-run Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)–  Investment Promotion Board (IPB).

“The budget has kept in mind the growth of the industrial sector.  The measures proposed in the budget will help in ease of doing business for the industries,” he said.

Sawant on Thursday presented the Budget amidst protests by opposition benches who were condemning mid-night arrest of Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte.

Khaunte, a former state revenue minister, was arrested for threatening BJP’s Goa Spokesman Premanand Mahambrey on Wednesday.

The MLAs from Congress, Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Independent legislator Khaunte had walked in the well of the House trying to disrupt the proceedings of the House. They were questioning why Speaker Rajesh Patnekar gave his consent for the arrest.

The opposition members had to be whisked away from the House by the marshals as they shouted slogans when Sawant was presenting the Budget. The Budget was presented without opposition benches present in the House.

Reacting to the incident, Sawant said that the opposition benches did not wanted him to present the budget.

“They were trying to stall the budget of the state, that is why, they were in the well of the House shouting slogans,” he said.


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