PANJIM: The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Goa branch has urged the government to completely revamp the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Scheme Yojana (DDSSY) with direct inputs from the private section and to consult the IMA on all policies regarding health matters.
The IMA team comprising president Dr Mohan Dhumaskar, Secretary Dr Sandeep Naik, Dr Rufino Monteiro and Dr Sandesh Chodankar, had a pre-budget deliberations with the Chief Minister.
The doctors urged the government to concentrate upon prevention health care and to strengthen primary health care services instead of focussing upon tertiary and curative health care and to make disaster management cell of IMA an integral part of the State Disaster Management Cell.
Prahlad Sukhtankar, Chapter Head of National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), Goa has requested the government to allow restaurants to open up to 12 midnight from 11 pm, which is the present licence condition stating that the government would benefit from increased tax revenue.
Sukhtankar has also sought relaxation of sound law in loud music norms beyond 10 pm.
Listing expectations from the restaurant industry from the upcoming State budget, Sukhtankar has requested the Chief Minister to create linkages between Goan farmers and restaurateurs so that the latter can source local produce directly from them. He has also urged the Chief Minister to rationalise PWD’s commercial water bills and to put the restaurants in the Rs 25 per cubic metre bracket.