Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today told the State Legislative Assembly that the government can’t force any industry to employ Goans, but can incentivize them if they provide employment for locals.
Parrikar was responding to a Question tabled by Congress legislators Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco and Antonio Fernandes during the Question Hour today.
“As the economic situation of Goans has changed over the years, in many fields, they (Goans) are not ready to work,” the Chief Minister said.
“I can’t force industries to employ Goans because each job warrant set skill. If that skill is not available locally, then they have to depend on the workforce from outside,” Parrikar said.
Giving an example, he said that State government want specialized nurses in the Cardiology department of Goa medical College and Hospital, but they are not available in the State.
While opposition benches tried to corner the State government over failure to provide employment in private sector to locals, the Chief Minister said that those industries which employ locals have been given handsome incentives.
“Those who keep Goans on job, we are giving them huge subsidy. Information Technology (IT) policy has been floated which provides up to 80 per cent subsidy if the unit employs locals. Employing Goans is going to be beneficial for the industries,” he said.
Parrikar said that data of exact number of Goans employed in different industries is not available currently but in future it would be available as government has set up online procedure for the industries before they go for fresh employment.
In a written reply tabled on the floor of the House, Parrikar ahas said that there are total 885 number of industries under Micro, Small and Medium Manufacturing Enterprises and Small Manufacturing Enterprise have been set up from March 2015 with proposed employment of9,165 persons.
“Goa Investment Promotion and Facilitation Board has approved 15 number of new industries with proposed employment of 886persons,” he added.