Goa budget promises pilgrimage program and loans for tourism sector
Goa CM Pramod Sawant has pledged to reduce the burden on charter flights by covering part of the parking and landing fees at Dabolim International Airport
By Gérard de Souza
UPDATED MAR 25, 2021 09:41 AM IST
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday pledged regularization of unauthorized residential houses, loans for the tourism sector, a pilgrimage program for the elderly, support for those involved in traditional occupations and a mining company while presenting a movement ??25,000 crores.
He said he aimed to reach every resident of the state, where elections are scheduled for next year. “My government will sign a memorandum of understanding [memorandum of understanding] with Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd (MECL) to map the mineral resources of … Goa and identify potential mine sites, ”said Sawant. He also promised to liberalize the extraction of minor minerals like sand and stone.
“… in order to facilitate business and ensure a smooth process for granting quarrying leases for minor minerals, my government will make changes to the Goa Minor Minerals Concession Rules, 1985. My Government will also speed up the licensing of traditional minerals. sand mining, ”Sawant said.
Sawant has pledged to introduce a tourism trade support program in which all registered category hotels and tour operators and tour operators will receive an interest subsidy on working loans up to ??25 lakh.
“…[It] would benefit more than 2,000 hotels and more than 1,000 tour operators and tour operators.
He promised to reduce the burden of charter flights by covering part of the parking and landing costs at Dabolim International Airport. Sawant also pledged to reduce the infrastructure tax on new construction to 30% for six months to promote the sector.
Opposition leader Digambar Kamat criticized the budget, saying there was nothing to stimulate the economy and help the marginalized sector.