Goa CM Pramod Sawant on Wednesday presented Rs 26,844 crore budget for 2023-24 in the state assembly. Addressing the assembly, Sawant said that the state has posted a Rs 59.39 crore revenue surplus for the year ending 31 March. The estimated surplus projected for financial year 2023-24 is Rs 669.4 crore. Incidentally, Sawant also completed a year as the chief minister on 28 March.
The Goa government has allocated Rs 250 crore allocated for the Salvador do Mundo to Chorao bridge. The bridge has been one of the major issues for the government.
The annual budget allots Rs 2,324.6 crore for the health sector, which witnesses an 18 per cent increase from the previous year. The CM further announced that the Goa government will ensure that a dedicated portal for achieving Sustainable Development Goals will be set-up for the state.
Talking about the infrastructure, CM Sawant said that the approvals for a new Borim bridge are in their final stage and Union minister Nitin Gadkari has also issued the letter for consultancy for the bridge.
The state will also go big to promote electric vehicles. With a provision of Rs 25 crore made in the budget, Goa will relaunch its EV scheme for electric vehicles. Goa CM said the renewable and green energy sector would generate 10,000 green jobs in the state. He also announced that a Green Hydrogen R&D centre will be set up in collaboration with BITS Goa and IIT Goa.
The year will witness Goa hosting a number of international events, particularly the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The state government has set aside Rs 15 crore to host international events.
The CM also proposed to set up a 'Swayampurna Goa Board' which will frame and adopt policies to put the state on a sustainable path. For this, the budget allocated Rs 2.5 crore. Sawant also promised to implement the Goa [Right of Citizens to Time-bound Delivery of Public Services] Act.