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Goa launches Atmnirbhar initiative to make villages self-sufficient

Updated October 1, 2020 17:51 IST
Goa launches Atmnirbhar initiative to make villages self-sufficient
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant (File Photo: IANS)

In an effort to make villages self-sufficient, the Goa government has launched the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Swayampoorna Goa’ initiative, which aims at making every village in the coastal state self-sufficient.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant virtually launched the initiative today.

“Today, Goa has to rely on importing goods from other states, because we have neglected our own produce. Every day, we need two lakh litres of milk to be imported. 1.5 lakh eggs are a daily requirement during the (tourism) season in Goa. Why can’t we produce this in our villages,” Sawant said.

He said that as part of the initiative 41 village panchayats have been identified for the early phase of the government’s self-sufficiency initiative, which will involve creating a detailed dossier on each village, listing existing infrastructure, potential and seeking inputs on the requirements to make it self-sufficient.

“All government officers should be ‘karmayogis’ in their efforts to conduct the exercise to make Goa Swayampoorna,” Sawant said.

The Chief Minister added that one of the key agendas of his government was to eliminate poverty in the state.

“We want to eliminate poverty. We are completing sixty years of Liberation (from Portuguese rule), and if a resident of Goa is still below the poverty line, we need to change this and increase his income,” Sawant said.

(with agency inputs)

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