Goa Minister for Rural Development, Housing and Ports Jayesh Salgaonkar attended a meeting arranged by the Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in New Delhi.
According to a statement from the government, Salgaonkar discussed with the Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar about effective implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) and Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.
Addressing the gathering in the meeting held at Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi, which was attended by the Ministers of various states, Mr Jayesh Salgaonkar discussed about the peculiar topography and demography of the state of Goa and various bottlenecks in smooth implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana such as ownership of lands, objections and rejections by local authorities of the beneficiaries identified by the Government, shortage of Government land, high standard of living in Goa, requirement of conducting a fresh Socio-Economic Caste Census and other issues.
Mr Salgaonkar suggested that the Ministry may consider a special scheme for the state of Goa to meet the needs of houses by relaxing the conditions of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for the state of Goa.
As regards Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (Gramin), Salgaonkar mentioned that the Goan villages were semi-urban in nature and the State Government had made roads covering almost every part of the state.