CUNCOLIM: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar stated that the government is concentrating more on higher education facilities in Goa. In view of the same, he stated that the government has granted permission to NIT to establish a campus in the State.
Parsekar further said that Goa’s first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar was the pioneer of primary education, but the present government is concentrating more on technical and higher education. He stated, “The BJP government took the initiative to provide better development for government schools. It has developed more than a hundred government school buildings and has also taken the initiative to digitise them.”
Parsekar was speaking after laying the foundation stone of the Balli-Fatorpa Bridge and inaugurating the renovated Balli government primary and secondary school building. The Balli Bridge, which connects the villages of Balli and Fatorpa, has been constructed by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore. The government school renovation was also undertaken by the GSIDC.
Parsekar went on to criticise the previous Congress government for not taking any interest in the development of Balli and Fatorpa. He also praised Cuncolim MLA Rajan Naik for his “silent work” in developing the villages. He added, “Some MLAs make noise in the Assembly, but do not have anything to give to their constituency.”
Meanwhile, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar expressed displeasure at not being invited for the foundation stone laying ceremony.
He said that he was instrumental in proposing the Balli Bridge project and that he had undertaken the preliminary work of the bridge. He also stated that it was the GSIDC’s duty to invite him for the ceremony as the bridge connects Cuncolim and Quepem constituencies. He added, “The BJP government is bringing politics into developmental works. The Congress government never made any discrimination with regard to development.”
Speaking on the occasion, GSIDC Chairman Dr Pramod Sawant said that the government is committed to invest in “human development”.