Current Affairs

Budget 2012 at a glance-Part 2

GoaChronicle.com brings to highlights of the Goa Budget 2012 presented by the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Sports

– Football to be official state sport
– Goa State Football Development Council under Dr. Rufino Monteiro with Rs. 5 crore funds
– New football ground in Benaulim
– Rs. 143-17 crore for sports

 

Mining

– All forms of illegal mining to stop
– Legal mining to be regulated
– Sustainable mining under controlled regime to be allowed
– 60 per cent of revenue from mining royalty for dedicated mining corridors
– Sanguem Curchorem mining corridors to be fast tracked, completed in 30 months
– GIS to be used to monitor mining
– Mining policy by May-end

 

Small Scale Enterprises

– Rural traditional art and craft fund
– Gala type sheds to be set up in industrial estates for micro-enterprises
– CM Rozgar Yojana up to Rs. 2 lakh for individuals and Rs. 20 lakhs for Self Help Groups
– SHG federation to be set up to promote self employment
– Interest subsidies of 5 per cent on loans for industries in interior Talukas

 

Transport

– 70 per cent subsidy for commuters through monthly passes. 85 per cent subsidy for students
– Inland water transport to get boost through private sector participation. Fast ferry services from Dona Paula to Vasco
– Traffic Management Plan – Truck terminals and multi-storey parking in major towns
– Buses over 15 years to be phased out, replacement subsidy of Rs. 5 lakhs
– Ticket Subsidy to private bus owners for concessional fares
– Special motorcycle and bicycle lanes in cities

 

Land

– Small and large owners to get replacement subsidy scheme
– No clearance for PPP till 80 per cent of land acquired
– New land acquisition policy in next session to do justice to land owners
– Acquisition of land for central agencies only in cases that are very important and in sovereign national interest.
– Public Assets must be used to generate resources for development.
– Govt to set up a Public Assent Management System, carry out an inventory of government assets and use it to generate resources
– Goa to be made into an attractive investment destination

 

Employment

– Human Resources Corporation to be set up to end outsourcing and generate employment
– Communidade Employees to get their emoluments. As a long term measure, government to extend financial assistance to economically weak Communidade
– Retirement age to be 58 years for all government employees

 

Tourism

– World’s best consultants to be engaged to draw up a Tourism Master Plan for Goa with focus on employment for local youth and greater income for locals
– Private sector to be attracted with incentives to set up water parks, amusement facilities, oceanarium at Miramar, etc
– Touristic attractions to be diversified. Focus on adventure tourism, pilgrimage tourism, health tourism, forest tourism, nature tourism, etc
– Cluster development to be set up for such facilities in the Tiracol-Morjim, Vagator-Anjuna, Velsao-Betalbatim, and South Goa belts
– Shack policy to be modified to benefit locals
– Tourism Promotion Board to be set up for Goa
– Rs 1 crore for Botanical Garden at Sanguem
– Totally, Rs 261.30 crore allocated for Tourism in budget

 

Disasters

– New procedure and protocols to be formulated to tackle disasters and natural calamities, so victims get proper rescue, relief and compensation

 

Health

– Swarnajayanti Rozgar Yojana Health Insurance Scheme upper limit enhanced to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 60,000
– GMC to get more doctors, super-specialties; unnecessary staff to be weeded out
– Satellite hospitals at Usgaon, etc, to be made operational as early as possible
–  Cottage Hospital at Mandur to be upgraded
– Both district hospitals (New Asilo and Hospicio) to be made autonomous.
–  New Hospicio construction to be expedited.

 

General

– Tu Dal, Moog, Vatana and Jaggery to be included in PDS at state government cost
– Palmolein oil in PDS to be replaced with better, less unhealthy oils
– Fair price shop margins to be increased to 10 per cent

 

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