Goa spending budget promises pilgrimage plan, loans for tourism sector

Goa CM Pramod Sawant promised to minimize the burden on chartered flights by bearing a part of parking and landing charges at Dabolim Intercontinental Airport

By Gerard de Souza

Up-to-date ON MAR 25, 2021 09:41 AM IST

Goa main minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday promised regularisation of unauthorised residential properties, loans for the tourism sector, a pilgrimage plan for senior citizens, support for individuals associated in traditional occupations, and a mining company as he introduced a budge more than 25,000 crore.

He reported he aims to arrive at out to each resident of the state, in which elections are because of subsequent yr. “My govt will signal an MOU [memorandum of understanding] with Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd (MECL) for carrying out mapping of the mineral means in…Goa and detect possible mining web pages,” Sawant claimed. He also promised to liberalise quarrying of minor minerals like sand and stone.

“…to encourage relieve of performing business and to guarantee a seamless course of action for grant of quarrying leases for small minerals, my governing administration shall provide amendments to the Goa Insignificant Mineral Concession Guidelines, 1985. My Authorities also shall expedite the grant permits for classic sand mining,” Sawant stated.

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Sawant promised to introduce a Tourism Trade Support Scheme wherein all registered class inns and travel and tour operators will be delivered with an curiosity subvention on performing financial loans up to 25 lakh.

“…[It] would reward much more than 2,000 lodges and much more than 1,000 tour and vacation operators.”

He promised to minimize the burden on chartered flights by bearing a part of parking and landing charges at Dabolim International Airport. Sawant also pledged to lessen the infrastructure tax on new constructions to 30% for six months to endorse the sector.

Opposition chief Digambar Kamat criticised the spending budget, indicating there is absolutely nothing to improve the financial state and assist the marginalised sector in it.

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