The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the Goa Football Development Council at the Myles High Building at Patto-Panaji on Sunday, promising that the new council will not be a parallel body to Goa Football Association but one which will supplement and complement the GFA.
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar seen during the inauguration of the office of Goa Football Development Council at Patto, Panaji on Sunday. Also seen are the MLA and chairman of Goa Housing Board, Mr Glen Ticlo, the GFDC chairman, Dr Rufino Monteiro and the SAG executive director, Mr Elvis Gomes.
Reacting to the recent issue of GFDC being a Panaji-based panel, Mr Parrikar promised that “everybody will be included” as besides the council members, there are special invitees that will be part of the council’s setup. Mr Parrikar pointed out there were plans to provide medical facilities and pension to former footballers, who needed attention and support while the government was also thinking of 0.5 per cent direct job reservation for sportspersons and a special quota for footballers, now that football is declared as the official sport of the state.
The `5 crore that has been granted to GFDC towards implementing a grassroots development programme and promotion of football is a funding just to kick-start the initiative and the vision of the Chief Minister. Soon, more funds will be pumped in to foster the growth and development of the projects GFDC will implement in the near future, assured Mr Parrikar.