Speaking to reporters, Prabhu also said that the Union government is committed to solve the mining issue as soon as possible. “The (mining) solution can be legal, administrative, legislative — we will look into all possible aspects and the new government will do it by working with the local (state) government,” he said.
Prabhu told reporters that the development of Goa should benefit the people of the state first. He said that Goa is dependent on three things — mining, tourism and fisheries — and that the government would like to develop these sectors in the most sustainable way.
He said that mining, too, can be done in a manner that does not compromise with the environment, and that eco-tourism could be promoted in a way that doesn’t create an adverse footprint on the ecology of Goa.
“We already proposed to Japanese, Korean and Chinese companies that they should set up processing plants in Goa so that value addition of marine product exports can happen in Goa,” he said, adding, “For that, we have come up with an agriculture policy.”
Prabhu said that agriculture is the most important part of Goa’s economy, and that it should be one of the thrust areas of Goa’s future development. He added that Goa would be developed as a logistics hubs for the east and west coasts.
The minister also said that the government is looking at startups to boost Goa’s economy. “We will hold a startup festival every year in Goa, in which top players come and add jobs,” he said. “We don’t want to develop Goa in a way which does not benefit Goans.”
He said that Goa would continue to receive attention from the Centre, if PM Narendra Modi forms the government after May 23. “We look forward to Goans reposing their confidence in the two BJP candidates and electing them as MPs,” he said.