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Centre favouring private investors, discriminating against villages: Congress MP Shantaram Naik

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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Panaji: Speaking about the Centre’s Smart City projects, Congress parliamentarian Shantaram Naik accused the central government of discriminating against villages, vis-a-vis the cities.

The Rajya Sabha MP said that while crores of rupees were being apportioned to ‘smart’ cities, the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), had not been allocated a single paisa.

“The government has not motivated state government officials for the purpose of making Adarsh Gram Yojana a success and, on the contrary, Smart City projects are given favoured treatment to please private investors, specially, the foreign investors,” Naik said in a statement issued here.

Under the SAGY, launched last year, every MP can adopt one village in his/her constituency and develop it as a model village.

By Smart Cities, Naik referred to the 99 cities, named by the central government last month, as ‘smart’ urban habitats for future.

“The logic of the government of India in providing crores of rupees budget for ‘smart’ cities, but not a paisa for the SAGY is questionable,” Naik said, adding that the fate of the SAGY hangs in balance, as state government officials are clueless regarding the availability of funds.

“Earlier, the plan of the government was to develop new areas as smart cities, but the government must have realized that such cities can never be visualized in a poor country like India. The government is now resorting to the policy of developing existing cities,” he said.

In Goa, Panaji has been identified as one of the 99 smart cities, a list of which was made public by the central government on August 27.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Goa CM to Appoint Scientific Agency to Study Phenomenon of Beach Erosion

awant said that efforts by governments in the past, including building of concrete walls to prevent erosion

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The agency once recruited, Sawant said, would advice the state government on remedial measures to be undertaken in order to arrest beach erosion. Pixabay

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that a scientific agency would be soon appointed to study the phenomenon of beach erosion which washes away beach stretches across Goa’s coastline every monsoon.

“I cannot assure you that it will be done within the next six months. It may take some time, but the government will get down to taking the agency on board as soon as possible,” Sawant told the Goa Assembly during Question Hour, as MLAs across party complained of sand erosion on Goa’s beaches every year.

The agency once recruited, Sawant said, would advice the state government on remedial measures to be undertaken in order to arrest beach erosion.

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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that a scientific agency would be soon appointed to study the phenomenon of beach erosion which washes away beach stretches across Goa’s coastline. Pixabay

Sawant said that efforts by governments in the past, including building of concrete walls to prevent erosion, were not proving to be effective.

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“The ‘rubble walls’ are proving to be more effective. We should not simply go in for concrete retaining walls. There are other options too,” Sawant said. (IANS)