The Government of India has apparently taken a serious note of the fact that Goa which joined the country late, needs special attention and hence has announced a slew of schemes to help the State as it prepares to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its liberation from the Portuguese rule.
For the first time the Union Government has announced a special package of Rs. 200 crores for Goa to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of joining the Indian nation and this money is to be utilised to create signature infrastructure in the State that is on the global tourism map.
In order to utilise these funds judiciously, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has constituted a ‘Golden Jubilee Development Council’ under the chairmanship of noted Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar with the simple sounding, but gargantuan task of preparing a road map for the State’s development for the next 25 years.
This committee will start its work in right earnest from today.
Meanwhile, the country’s Defence Minister A K Anthony has announced the setting up of air enclaves at four places in the country to strengthen coastal security and one of the sites is Goa. The other three will come up at Kochi, Vizag and New Mangalore.
The Defence forces and more particularly the Indian Navy, has a formidable presence in Goa where the Indian Navy controls the airport and also has a base INS Hansa in Bardez.
However, this announcement is likely to ruffle a few feathers in Goa as there is a growing resentment amongst many Goans who feel that the State has sacrificed quite a bit in the interest of national security without getting any tangible benefits in return.