Goa okays investment proposals worth Rs 64 crore

State Industries Minister Mauvin Godinho had recently launched ‘Goa Industrial Growth and Investment Promotion policy draft with the mantra of ‘Faster clearances for faster growth of industry…reports Asian Lite News

With a view to encourage industries, the Goa Investment Promotion & Facilitation Board (GIPB) on Monday approved five proposals with a total investment of Rs 64.4 crore and provision of 311 jobs, officials said.

Chairing the GIPB’s 30th meeting, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant instructed officials to encourage investments in the industrial area.

The projects approved are from manufacturing, agro-food processing, hospitality and construction sectors.

According to officials, the Board proposed to create a database of private land parcels that may be available for industrial use by inviting interests from owners of such land, and it will act as a liaison between interested land-owners and prospective investors and provide necessary facilitation.

The Board has also proposed to undertake investment promotion activities and proactively approach big investors once the industrial policy is notified and necessary infrastructure development work is underway. This will help to create new employment opportunities in the state.

State Industries Minister Mauvin Godinho had recently launched ‘Goa Industrial Growth and Investment Promotion policy draft with the mantra of ‘Faster clearances for faster growth of industry’ to boost the state’s industrial sector.

He had said that Common Application Form is the highlight of the policy which will be forwarded to all other departments concerned. “Similarly for land conversion, we are going to empower the Board itself for change of land use. This way it will cut down time taken for various processes.”

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Virtual classrooms

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that the state is preparing to introduce ‘virtual classrooms’ in all schools, so that one good teacher can teach students across the state.

While launching the class 7th regular curriculum teachers handbook under the Coding and Robotics Education in Schools (CARES), Sawant said that about 435 aided and non-aided schools in Goa will get such virtual classrooms.

“I have taken the education area very seriously. I have already asked for funds from the central government to introduce a ‘Virtual classroom’ in all schools. No sooner we get a nod from the central government, we will make it happen. This will help to guide and teach students by one good teacher at the time,” Sawant said.

The Goa government had faced public wrath during the Covid pandemic when the lack of a mobile network had forced students to miss the online classes. Later, the government announced to increase the number of mobile network towers in the state.

Sawant said that not only the virtual classrooms, but his government is keen to introduce ‘Vidhya Samiksha Kendra’ to track students from class 1 to the 12th standard.

“We will track the students, we will monitor them and even teachers, how they teach,” Sawant said.

He said that schools will be provided with computing devices as the government has started coding and robotic education in schools. The scheme was started in 2021.

Sawant said that the main objective of this concept was to develop competition and designing skill to prepare students for the demands of the digital world.

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