MARGAO: The Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday stated that his party proposes to spend its energy in making Goa an IT and Knowledge hub, rejuvenate tourism sector, along with resumption of mining to create jobs to eradicate the issue of unemployment witnessed in the State.
Rahul Gandhi on friday addressed a press conference in Margao and said that Congress energy will be a catalyst to generate employment and protect the environment of Goa.
Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, GPCC President Girish Chodankar, Senior leader and Election Strategist P Chidambaram, Gen. Secretary(Org) K C Venugopal, Goa Incharge Dinesh Rao, AICC Spokesperson Alka Lamba, MP Francisco Sardhina , Chairman of Media Cell Amarnath Panjikar, General Secretary Sunil Kawthankar and others were present on the occasion.
“The situation of the tourism sector in Goa is worse. We need to focus on it and rejuvenate this area for the economy and create jobs too.” He said.
Replying to a question, Gandhi said that they have studied the matter of Mining resumption and it will be restarted once the Congress forms the government. “we will restart it in a legal way.” He said.
Elaborating on the issue of unemployment, Rahul Gandhi said that the BJP government has failed to resolve the issue. “hence we have decided to take this issue on priority and resolve it. We have proposed a 500 crore fund for employment generation. Besides, we propose to spend our energy on making Goa an IT and Knowledge hub.” He said.
Replying to a question, Rahul Gandhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is raking up the issue of Jawaharlal Nehru delayed the liberation of Goa, only to distract the people of Goa. “He is trying to divert the issues and take people away from issues like destruction of the environment, coal hub, three linear projects and others.” Gandhi said.
“Why he (Modi) is not speaking about his promise of creating 2 crore jobs annually and depositing 15 lakhs rupees in accounts of every citizen by bringing back black money.” He questioned.
He said that Congress has respected sentiments of people of Goa and hence didn’t give tickets to defectors. “we have given new faces for this assembly election. We are confident of getting a majority and forming a government immediately.” He said.