Panjim: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday held direct interaction with the Sarpanchas of the Village Panchayats via teleconference.In all 168 Sarpanchas participated in the interaction session.
In the teleconference with Sarpanchas, the Chief Minister discussed about the measures adopted by the State Government to fight against the deadly corona virus (Covid-19).
The Chief Minister complimented the Sarpanchas, Deputy Sarpanchas and Panchayat members for their efforts in taking proper care of the people from their respective areas in the wake of Corona Virus outbreak and to eradicate this pandemic.
He said Goa State and its people unitedly put efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
He urged the representatives of the local self Government bodies to continue their efforts to fight against the Corona Virus in Goa in future. He informed that of the seven patients tasted positive in the State for Corona Virus six patients have been recovered and the lone patient is under treatment.
The Chief Minister said in the wake of Covid-19 crisis across the country there had been substantial contribution in almost all the sectors and that Goa too is fighting against this dreaded killer. He said all section of the society including stakeholders, voluntary organizations and public servants from senior level officers to the lower rank employees are working to fight against Covid- 19.
The Chief Minister said in pursuance to the appeal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi the people of Goa extended their cooperation during lockdown period.
Informing that most of the panchayats have completed the pre-monsoon work in their jurisdiction, the Chief Minister said the government had allocated financial grants to all the village panchayats to incur during this current crisis.
He urged the Sarpanchas to make utmost use of these funds. “Additional funds require if any then the Sarpanchas can approach Director of Panchayat,” he said.
The Chief Minister said,” Though Goa is a tiny state there are eight entry points through which one can enter Goa. The State Government has sealed all the entry points. However if any unknown person is moving around then the greater onus lies on the panchayats to inform the same to Police and Medical Officer. During the crisis of Covid-19 pandemic each one of us should take care and also of others he said adding that wearing of face mask and maintaining social distancing is mandatory to safeguard ourselves from Corona Virus infection.”
Saying that it will be mandatory to wear face mask from April 20, 2020, the Chief Minister said the door to door survey conducted by the government received tremendous response.
So far survey of five lakh houses had been conducted, he said and urged the panchayats to pay attention to extend the benefit under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana Package (PMGKY).
The Chief Minister said,” In the wake of Covid- 19 it has been observe that we are depending on neighboring states for everything and therefore the panchaysts should initiate efforts for its effective functioning.”
He informed that a unique exercise would initiated wherein each panchayat would be given the services of five professors so as to facilitate the panchayat to prepare a plan in consultation with these professors and submit the same to the Government. This will help achieve development of the panchayat areas. He appealed to the people to remain vigilant from April 20, 2020.
The Chief Minister stressed the need to make Panchayat self sufficient. He also informed that efforts were being made to resolve the issue of standard seafarers.