Panjim: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Saturday asked the state government to liberate the marginalized sector from the huge financial burden and losses suffered due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and collapse of the economy.
In a statement, Kamat said,” It is important that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant first releases Rs 100 crores as Economic Revival Package to liberate the marginalized sector from the huge financial burden and losses suffered by them due to outbreak of Covid Pandemic and the collapse of the economy. The BJP Government has pushed the State into complete bankruptcy and there is a financial emergency in the State.”
Stating that the government was on a borrowing spree with almost Rs 100 crore borrowed every week, he said, ”The attitude of the Government goes with the famous Konkani saying ‘Rin Kadun Fest Karop’.”
”The BJP Government has an obsession for celebrations. The insensitive Government remained in virtual mode celebrations and organized Taali Bajaav – Dia Jalav events when the entire country was under lockdown and people suffering. Today, the real tribute to all those known and unknown freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives and fought for Liberation of Goa will be by helping the needy and not incurring huge expenditure on celebrations,” the former Chief Minister said.
”The BJP Government has completely failed on all the fronts which have resulted in the collapse of each and every household budget. The Government has no money to take care of the House Building Allowance of the hardworking Government employees. The monthly pensions of the most deserving beneficiaries of various social welfare schemes like DSSY, Griha Aadhar, Widows, Senior Citizens, Persons with Disability, Seafarers, etc. are not released for six to seven months. The Government has failed to give financial grants for the local filmmakers for the last six years. The farmers are suffering due to faulty policies of the Government claimed,” Kamat said.
He demanded that the Chief Minister must first release a white paper on the financial status of Goa, Covid pandemic, Mhadei, three linear projects causing destruction to the environment, coal handling which would actually help people to know the facts and figures.