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Decentralisation my aim, says Rane

Wednesday 8 June 2005

Staff Reporter

``There will be no room for political vendetta’’

``Good decisions of previous Government will not be changed" Block Advisory Boards will be revived Flight of industries will be arrested To push for creation of SEZ

PANAJI: Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane on Tuesday said that the new Government would give priority to decentralisation of power and transparency in administration.

Addressing a press conference here along with his alliance partners, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, after assuming power, Mr. Rane said the taluka panchayats, called Block Advisory Boards in Goa, would be reactivated. "My Government intends to strengthen the administration at the grass roots, specifically in rural areas," he said.

The Ministers for Panchayat and Urban Development would hold meetings with members of the boards and municipal bodies at least once a month to reach out to the people.

Mr. Rane denied that there would be any summary revision of the previous Government’s decisions. Good decisions would not be changed and there would be no room for political vendetta. Film festival

Asked whether Goa would host the 36th International Film Festival of India this year, Mr. Rane said: "If the Centre provides funds, we could hold the festival. We have other priorities such as drinking water, education, health and the like. We can’t entertain Bombaywallahs and Delhiwallahs at government expense."

The Centre provided only Rs. 5 lakhs during IFFI-2004 to meet the expenditure on Central Government officials, whereas the State spent crores on infrastructure and organisation. The IFFI had to be held by the Centre and the State’s role was limited, he said.

His Government would accord top priority to the creation of a Special Economic Zone in the State. "Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has already promised all help for its creation and we would definitely move forward in this regard."

To a question on the flight of industries to tax-holiday States, Mr. Rane said it was a temporary phenomenon till March 2007 as described by Mr. Chidambaram and there would be a level-playing field thereafter. During his visit to Delhi, he would urge the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to pass legislation for the creation of an SEZ.

Earlier Mr. Rane was sworn in the 16th Chief Minister of Goa in the Raj Bhavan here. Governor S.C. Jamir administered the oath of office and secrecy. Wilfred D’Souza of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Ramakrishna Dhavlikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) - Congress allies - were also administered the oath of office and secrecy.

The Chief Secretary Kiran Dhingra read out the presidential Proclamation lifting President’s rule, facilitating the formation of a popular government.

Mr. Rane told reporters that his Government, which was dismissed on March 4, was revived, indicating that Dr. D’Souza would be the Deputy Chief Minister.

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