PANJIM: The Goa government has constituted an eight-member committee to examine the proposal of creation of a third district in the State.
The committee will be headed by the Chief Secretary who has been appointed as Chairman.
The members of the committee are Principal Secretary (Revenue), Resident Commissioner, Secretary (Revenue), both District Collectors, Advisor to Chief Minister Charudutta Panigrahi. The Director of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation is the Member Secretary.
The committee will assess the need for the creation of a third district in Goa.
It will assess whether this will lead to development and welfare of the people in general and backward talukas in particular.
The committee will also suggest the boundaries of the district after considering the various aspects such as population, economic status, availability of infrastructure and public opinion.
The committee will evaluate the benefits and also the costs involved in creation of a new district.
The report will be submitted to the government within three months, an order issued by the Directorate of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation (DPSE) said.
Currently Goa has two districts and a few years back creation of third district was mooted with the inclusion of Ponda, Dharbandora and other surrounding talukas.