Panaji: Hailing Goa’s new development model as a reflection of collective efforts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged residents of the coastal state to realize the benefits of having a BJP government both in the state and in the Center, reminding them of the complete lack of team spirit during previous non-BJP rules that have hampered progress.
Interacting virtually with Swayampurna Mitras, sarpanchs, panchayat members and beneficiaries of the Swayampurna Goa program, Modi said, âGoa has achieved the goal of making the state 100% free of open defecation and provide electricity to each household. Whether it is âHar Ghar Jal Abhiyan or giving free rations to the poor, Goa has achieved all the goalsâ.
The Prime Minister said that the state has it all and that this is only possible thanks to the “twin engine” government (BJP government in the Center as well as the state).
Modi said the state could become the strength of the country through the fishing industry. He said: âThe infrastructure being developed in Goa will also help increase the income of farmers, ranchers and fishermen. This year, Goa’s rural infrastructure modernization fund has increased fivefold from earlier, âhe said.
He urged officials to meet all challenges and said “the more accountable our bureaucrats become, the more it will benefit our country.”
Slamming previous non-BJP governments in the coastal state, Modi said, âThere was a lack of teamwork and a positive environment in previous governments. For a long time in Goa, political interest prevailed over good governance.
âThere was a lack of teamwork and a positive environment in Goa’s previous government. For a long time, political interest prevailed over good governance. There was political instability in the state which had affected the development of the state.
“But within a few years this instability has been converted into stability by the sane people of Goa,” Modi said in an apparent reference to the previous Congressional government.
He said the situation changed after the BJP government came to power.
âMy late friend Manohar Parrikar ji (former CM) who set the pace for Goa’s development, as well as our team at Pramod ji (Pramod Sawant) are sincerely taking Goa to new heights. Today Goa is moving forward with a renewed team spirit. The result of this new team spirit is the determination of Swayampurna Goa, âsaid Modi.
Goa’s rural infrastructure modernization fund has been increased five times this year compared to earlier, he said, praising the Pramod Sawant government for “doing a great job in providing facilities such as toilets, Ujjwala gas connections and Jan Dhan bank accounts to women “. .
âGoa signifies a new model of development and reflection on collective endeavors. It also means solidarity for the development of the Panchayat to the administration, âsaid Modi, naming the many programs implemented to empower women in the country.
âThe story of the girls of our country is heard everywhere, whether in sport or at the border,â Modi said.
Modi first interacted with Isha Sawant, a Goan undersecretary at the start of the virtual interaction. Sawant said: âWorking as Swayampurna Mitras was a rewarding job. It is a link between the people and the government. We visited the panchayats and solved people’s issues. The government’s plans have reached the people.
The Prime Minister also wanted to know how technology was helping to reach people and what was being done to empower women.
He indicated that Self Help Group (SHG) could also join the service sector.
Then Swampurna Mitra to speak to the Prime Minister was Miranda, a sarpanch. Miranda explained how farmers have been helped in increasing agricultural production. He said he got government support to help people involved in animal husbandry and other sectors.
Kundan from Bicholim City Council was next to interact with Modi. He said Kundan’s digital transactions should be encouraged. The Prime Minister inquired about how funds granted by the Goa government were being used.
The Prime Minister told beneficiaries that banks were open for the poor and needy.
Luis Cardozo, a traditional fisherman, explained how he benefited from the government programs of the Department of Fisheries. Modi said he would like to see the fishermen transform as well.
From Ruki Ahmed, kiosk owner and para table tennis player, Modi investigated whether the benefits granted by the government were coming to him smoothly or if there were problems using them.
Nishita Gawas, from a SHG, said she and her colleagues have benefited from the Goa Biodiversity Council. The prime minister said that many programs have been launched over the past seven years for the empowerment of women.
The Prime Minister advised those engaged in dairy farming to go to Gujarat. He said the Kisan credit card has played an important role in helping farmers. âThe government’s efforts are aimed at increasing farmers’ incomes,â he said.
A short video was also shown on the occasion. The program was attended by the Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues, Union Minister Shirpad Naik, MPs, among others.