Panaji: Stating that the mining issue in Goa has forced the state to bear the related economic cost as well as social cost, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday said that the new Narendra Modi government, which will come to power after May 23 would be committed to find a legal, administrative or legislative solution to the problem.
“The government will take into account all the aspects of this solution while working in tandem with the state government,” Prabhu added, pointing out that the human angle in the issue would be the motivation for the Union government to address the same, and find an enduring solution to it. “Mining can be done in a manner, which does not compromise with the environment,” he noted.
Speaking further, Prabhu said that the Union government has planned a comprehensive, holistic and forward-looking strategy for Goa’s development, maintaining that this strategy will take care of each and every segment of Goans. “We believe that the development of Goa cannot be separated from Goans,” he observed, suggesting that development of eco-tourism in Goa, besides setting up of food processing plants for value addition of marine product exports from the state, and development of logistic hub for maritime trade could prove to be the drivers for Goa’s economy.
Hailing startups as the new engine of growth to meet the aspirations of the youth of Goa, Prabhu said that with the advantage of startups being environment-friendly, they can help in creation of economic opportunities as well as new jobs, without compromising the beauty of Goa.
“In December, last year, we had started the first ever roundtable of global funds on nurturing the startup ecosystem, in Goa,” he added, announcing that every year, Goa will host startup festival as attended by the top global players in the particular field, who would contribute towards jobs in Goa.
Prabhu, who is in Goa for participating in the election campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party, addressing a press conference at the city BJP headquarters said that Shripad Naik has done exemplary work as a Member of Parliament as well as Union Minister for AYUSH, while Narendra Sawaikar has carried out significant work as a parliamentarian, during last five years. “They both deserve another term and the voters would send them back to Lok Sabha,” he predicted.
Replying to a question, Prabhu said that the Narendra Modi government is committed to eradicate black money from the country’s economy. “This can be done through various interventions including making systemic changes, which will not allow generation of black money to begin with, and the same can be achieved by bringing in complete transparency in governance,” he added, observing that the probing agencies should also work in a coercive way to deal with the black money already generated, or being generated, aided by worst punitive action.
The Union Minister for Commerce and Industry said that the government is also identifying the source of black money, while maintaining, “I will not be able to tell you whether we need one more demonetisation or not.” “That depends upon time to come,” he opined.
Answering another question, Prabhu said that he has already inaugurated state-of-the-art food testing laboratory in Margao. “The laboratory is developed as per international standard and will issue certificates that are provided in USA and Japan,” he added.
State spokespersons of the BJP Damodar Naik and Kiran Kandolkar as well as former city MLA Sidharth Kunkalienkar were also present on the occasion.
Source:: The Navhind Times