Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Opportunity for Goa - Regional Plan 2021

People's participation in the Regional Plan 2021, is its most important aspect. Though some doubt implementation, this should not discourage us from taking the first step & participating; to quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step"

The Plan has tremendous opportunities for us to guide our destiny, economy, constructive development & identity. While each village/town has its respective input; I ask also to incorporate Goa's bigger picture i.e. (1) Protect and Restore(where damaged); Goa's delicate ecology & environment (2) World Class Transportation (3) Professional waste management & sewage system, which also isolates & decontaminates toxic wastes (4) Increase Forest area (5) Air/Water/Land Pollution (6) World Class public parks in each towns/cities (7) Challenge projected population increase; to address & address the demographic challenge i.e. Goans must be in majority (8) Water/Electricity (9) Safeguard & ensure implementation, of the agreed plan (10) Professional Employment Policy with solutions to offer Goans, jobs at high/sustainable pay scales; and reduce outward Goan migration (11) Professional Health Policy & Facilities (12) Professional Educational facilities (13) Increase agricultural focus & possible revision, of aspects of tenancy act, restricting agriculture (14) As Special status is still to be achieved, Land Banks can be created to offer land; ONLY on fixed time frame lease but reasonable rents to Goans; so that it cannot be re-sold particularly to outsiders (15) Professional Policy on Tourism; which also will be significantly enhanced, by all the latter/above points mentioned.

"Susegad" Goans have an opportunity, not only to have World Class state but also to show an example, for rest of India, to follow .i.e. By First being better Goans & taking care of our state/identity; we can be even better Indians!!

Arwin Mesquita, UAE

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