BJP HAS MADE GOA BANKRUPT, CHIEF MINISTER MUST SHOW GUTS TO CONVENE ASSEMBLY & PLACE FACTS & FIGURES ON STATE FINANCES: CHODANKAR

PANAJI: The defective, corrupt and insensitive BJP government has made Goa completely bankrupt with its mismanagement since assuming power in 2012. The current situation in the State is alarming and Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant should stop adventurism and stop misleading the people, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar.

It is now clear that the gross fiscal deficit to Gross State Domestic product for 2020-2021 is expected to be 5.3 and is the highest amongst all States, Chodankar said adding that the average for all States and Union Territories is just 2.8 while the primary deficit to GSDP is 3.3 against the national all-State and UT average of 1.1.

Almost 52 per cent of our loans will mature after seven years, against all India average of 45 per cent. Unfortunately, BJP government is on borrowing spree increasing the debt on every person in the State, stated Chodankar.

Goa’s fiscal deficit is increasing indicating that the state is finding it difficult to strike a balance between its total revenue and expenditure, according to a report published by the RBI on ‘State Finances: A study of Budgets of 2012-2021’, published on September 30.

The RBI report reveals a quantum jump in the State’s gross fiscal deficit (GFD) as per cent of the gross state domestic product (GSDP) has risen from 1.5 per cent in 2016-17 to 5.3 per cent in 2018-2019, he said.

Despite government borrowing Rs 100 crore on a weekly basis even long before the pandemic, today Chief Minister wants to waive of casino license fees. The government has failed to even take one positive steps to restart mining in last nine years. The government by violating all rules of GSIDC has borrowed to pay Rs 256 crore illegally to SEZ promoters, charged Chodankar.

“We can’t forget that Goa was on borrowing spree long before pandemic so Goa has higher risk to default on loans and warn government that the burden is going to be passed on us as we are set to form next government in 2022,” he said.

Chodankar pointed out that the Goa government increased fiscal deficit limit from 3% to 5%. What this means is that government is not just as admitting there will be a shortage in revenue collection but a massive decline in Goa’s economy. This situation we had predicted and brought to the notice of Chief Minister through letter dated 25th May, 2020, but the Chief Minister ignored it, he said.

Bringing such an important Amendment via Ordinance without debate is undermining the State Legislative Assembly. Obviously the pandemic has exposed the weak fiscal policies of the present government and has turned the State budget on its head. The government must immediately convene a full-fledged special Assembly session on the budget issue and tell the people of Goa how much they intend to borrow, from which source and for what purpose, Chodankar demanded.

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