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Monday, August 15, 2016

MoI panel report will be binding on govt: CM

PANAJI: Stating that the scope of work of the 17-member committee formed by the government for the purpose of advising on the issue of giving government financial grants to 135 English medium primary schools in Goa, has been increased, and the committee would now also cover various other aspects linked to primary education in the state, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the report of the committee would be binding on the government, and further form a template for primary education in the state.

Earlier, delivering his customary Independence Day address, at the old secretariat, following unfurling of the Indian Tricolour, the Chief Minister said that some ‘brothers’ in the state are using the medium of instruction issue to tarnish the image of Goa. “The government has no inclination to tamper with the liberty of the 135 English primary schools in Goa, receiving government grants,” he stated, observing that those, who have extreme views on the MOI issue and carry related grievances should forward their suggestions as well as guidance to the particular committee comprising of all educationists, and the committee would consider them sympathetically.
Parsekar, who also holds the education portfolio, said that the committee will not make any extreme recommendation. “The agitations in respect of MOI would gain nothing,” he mentioned, assuring that the 120-day deadline given to the committee for completing its work would not be extended.
Chief Secretary R K Srivastava, leader of the opposition Pratapsing Rane, Deputy Speaker Vishnu Wagh and Director General of Police Muktesh Chander also attended the flag-hoisting ceremony.
Addressing the gathering of citizens, the Chief Minister further said that the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana, the state health insurance scheme, would now be rolled out on September 1, instead of August 15 as scheduled earlier, after at least one lakh families are handed over related cards. “The government, up till August 13 has registered 1.38 lakh families under the scheme, while health insurance cards have been issued to 40,000 families, out of which 26,000 families have collected the same,” he revealed, informing that up till now, 24 private and 4 government hospitals have been empanelled under the scheme, and there is a possibility of more such health institutions from as well as outside Goa being added to the empanelment list.
Speaking further, Parsekar said that people from the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra and Karwar district of Karnataka are dependent on government hospitals in Goa and it is endeavour of the government to increase the number of doctors, nurses and medical facilities in the state, as well as provide facility of higher education in the field of medicine.
The Chief Minister also expressed satisfaction that Goa is placed among the top three states in India in the educational sector. “It is also inspiring to see that more and more girls are getting educated in Goa, which in turn works effectively towards women empowerment,” he maintained, noting that up till the higher secondary level, 50 per cent girls are found to be studying with 50 per cent boys, at the college level there is presence of 60 per cent girls, while at the post-graduate level there are 75 per cent of girls as compared to only 25 per cent boys.
Furthermore, Parsekar said that the state Investment Promotion Board has been able to clear 114 projects within a period of one-and-a-half year, with the possible investment of Rs 20,700 crore. “In addition, these projects will create jobs for the locals,” he mentioned.
The Chief Minister also predicted that the activities in the field of mining, which forms the financial artery of Goa, will gather speed after the monsoon, when the mining season will commence. He also appealed to the mining leaseholders to take up mining operations by functioning within the legal parameters and by taking care of the environment.
In his address, Parsekar said that the problems faced by the villagers of Mayem as regards the evacuee property would be over within next 2-3 months. “The government has enacted a related legislation, carried out survey of the village, and would now complete scrutiny of applications after which land Sanads would be handed over to the respective villagers within next 2-3 months,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that the Bill seeking to legalize illegal structures built prior to February 28, 2014, which was passed in the Goa legislative assembly recently, will be implemented from next week.
Finally, Parsekar said that the BRICS summit, which would be held in Goa, in October, later this year, would bring in Goa the leaders, whose countries collectively have 40 per cent of the global population. “The event will benefit Goa a lot, in the long run,” he concluded.

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