Some anti-social elements were trying to create hatred amongst communities in Goa: CM

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Panaji: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that some anti social elements were trying to create communal hatred. raising the issues which are not concerning our state.
Sawant appealed all the communities to remain united as they have done in the past and foil any attempts to create communal divide in the coastal state.
The chief minister was addressing the state level Independence Day function in Panaji on Monday.
In his speech, Sawant said that some anti-social elements want to create communal hatred in the state. “These elements want to create problems by raising issues which are related to other states,” he said, without going into any details.
“We will not allow the communal hatred to surface in the state. All the religions have been staying together in harmony since 1961 in Goa. We will continue doing same,” he said.
Sawant appealed the people to take a pledge to ensure that communal harmony is not disturbed due to these anti social elements.
Earlier, Sawant hoisted the tri colour and received guard of honour from state police force.
In his speech, Sawantsaid that the state has signed MoUs prominent industries including Tata group for skilling the students from Industrial Training Institutes. He said that as a part of MoU with Tata group, five ITIs would be upgraded in the days to come.

Sawant said that the recently introduced apprenticeship scheme has provided opportunities for the youth to work in the government and private sector. He stated that once work culture is developed in these youth, the private companies may continue retaining them with them, addressing the problem of unemployment.

The chief minister said that the initiatives like Goa Industrial Policy 2023, Information Technology Policy, Start Up policy and Tourism Policy will attract green industries in the state.

He said that the commencing of Mopa International Airport will further help the hospitality industries to invest in Goa.

At the same time, he said that the state government has passed Goa Restriction on Agriculture Land Transfer Bill which aims to save the agricultural land in the coastal state.

Sawant said that the State government has passed Goa Public Record Bill 2023 which will help all the government departments to maintain their records.
He said that another law, the Goa Ancient historical records bill will help the researchers and historians to get access to the records about Goa which are lying within the country and also abroad.

In a landmark step, the chief minister said, the Goa government has regularized the services of Home Guards in the police service. “We have given relaxation (in age rule) to 65 home guards and recruited them in the police force,” he added.

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