Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday passed a budget of Rs 9,549.27 crore for the current financial year 2012-13.
Speaking on the Goa Appropriation (No 2) bill, 2012, the chief minister said that during the demand for grants, there had been 80 demands from members for investigation into frauds and irregularities committed during earlier regimes. He said, “I will not waste all my energy on such cases. I want to do positive work.” He said that all the big scams would be investigated adding that some cases have already been given to authorities concerned for inquiry.
Referring to action against bureaucrats, Parrikar said the big question is “whether the officers who were forced to sign” and oblige the political masters of the earlier regime, “should be sent to the gallows”.
On supplementary demands for grants amounting to 314.08 crore, Parrikar said of this amount, 264 crore will be spent only on keeping earlier the government’s commitments – paying pending bills. These include paying bills of 113 crore of PWD, 22 crore for agriculture, 21 crore on panchayats.
Opposition leader Pratapsingh Rane said the government must ensure that all the schemes are implemented during the current financial year. He added that there is more tom-toming of schemes than the actual implementation. Parrikar responded saying that adequate funds are provided for the schemes and expressed confidence of implementing the same.
On Laadli Laxmi scheme, Parrikar said that the forms would be made available at all branches of three banks – SBI, Bank of India and HDFC– besides with all MLAs.
On the appropriation bill, Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho demanded that the chief minister take the demand for special status under article 371 to logical conclusion. He said that the government should ensure Goa doesn’t experience a situation like Assam or any ill-feeling against their own countrymen.