Chief Minsiter Digambar Kamat on Friday dismissed the charges leveled against him for failing to prevail upon the Union Finance Minister to offer any special package for Goa and pointed out that last year Goa benefited a lot because it was entering the 50th year of liberation.
“Generally the Union Budget is presented with a pan India appeal and approach and individual needs and demands of each state are not elaborated upon,” he said. However, he admitted that last budget Goa had benefited but argued that it was because Goa was entering the 50th year of joining the national mainstream.
“People who are criticizing me now should have also praised me last year for getting such a lot of goodies for Goa,” he said.
He admitted that the tourism trade had apprehensions over the service tax and pointed out that this proposal was for the entire country. However, he said he was willing to discuss this issue with the Union Finance Minister so that the tourism industry in Goa does not suffer.
When asked whether the State budget will offer any sops to offset the union budget proposals, the Chief Minister remained non-committal and said pre-budget consultations with various sections were still on and the budget would be formulated only once this was over.