CLEANING OF SELAULIM CANAL UNDER MNREGA
Margao: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant inaugurated the cleaning and desilting works of Selaulim Irrigation project canal of 60-km-long under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) scheme of Department of Rural Development in convergence with Department of Water Resources at Cotamol, Cuncolim. This time the work is given to locals as opposed to contract labour. The cleaning work will take one-month and water will be released by December this year.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sawant said, “My focus will be on 100 per cent implementation of Atmanirbhar Bharat Swayampurna Goa Scheme”. He accused the Opposition of misguiding people since this is election year.
Sawant further said that every Saturday 191 officers will be on the field at the village panchayats to make known the government schemes. The Chief Minister also announced that persons with disabilities will be given special equipments and aids within one-month and requested them to register their names in their respective panchayat office.
Deputy Chief Minister Babu Kavlekar, Water Resources Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues, Cuncolim MLA Clafasio Dias and others were present at the occasion.
The total cost of this project under Water Resources Department was Rs 80 lakh whereas the total cost of this project under MGNREGA is approximately Rs 35 lakh which is Centrally funded scheme wherein 90 per cent funds are Central funds and 10 per cent funds is State share. Goa has to provide Rs 3.50 lakh saving Rs 76.50 lakh for the State government. As many as 450 workers registered under MGNREGA from Sanguem, Quepem and Salcete talukas will be engaged for this work thereby creating 12,500 man days of work.