15 Sep 2021  |   10:31pm IST

Goa Governor gives assent to Goa Mineral Development Corporation

CM to write to Environment, Shipping & Home Ministries on sea pollution & destruction of Goan beaches; not 100 but 102% first dose Vaccination says CM, after Cabinet meeting
Goa Governor gives assent to Goa Mineral Development Corporation

Team Herald


The Goa Governor Sreedharan Pillai has given his assent to the Bill to create the  Goa Mineral Development Corporation. He also added that Government will use funds in the District Mineral Fund for CIVID Relief and Rehabilitation.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant briefed reporters after the weekly meeting of his Cabinet.

The Goa Mineral Development Corporation Bill (GMDC) was passed in the monsoon session to create a mineral corporation owned by the state. This bill was formulated after the Supreme Court Order of July 21, following the review petition filed by the state and Vedanta Limited, against the apex court’s February 2018 order ruling against the Goa government’s decision to renew 88 mining leases.

Will try 100% vaccination for both doses by October 31; CM

The Government has also set a target for 100% vaccination in the state of Goa. “Government of Goa will endeavour for 100% vaccination with 1st as well as 2nd dose of Covid 19 vaccine by October 31“, he said. “We must be the first state in India, providing vaccines even in the villages, we provided these services to old age homes and prisons too,” Sawant informed.

About the vaccination data in the state of Goa Sawant said, According to the Government of India, Ministry of Health 11,66,000  people are eligible in the state of Goa for Vaccination. To date, we have given 1st dose of covid 19 vaccine to 11,88,891 people. The additional 22891 vaccinated people  include those without identity cards, mainly workers in addition to tourists

He also said that 43.07%. (5,02,144  people) have received the dose of Covid 19

CM to write to Union Ministries on deep-sea pollution affecting Goa

Commenting on the Tar ball issue, the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant said that his government will be writing to the Home Ministry, Director General of Shipping and Ministry of Environment demanding strict action on those responsible for creating pollution in the deep sea. He also held a meeting with Tourism Minister, Environment Minister and Goa State Pollution Control Board over the re-surfacing of tarballs across Goa’ shore.