Cong slams Goa govt on first anniversary

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 09, 2013 18:10 hrs

As the Goa government completed its first of five year tenure Saturday, the main opposition Congress rated the performance as 'poor and a complete failure'.

"The government has miserably failed to live up to their promises and expectations of the people. Law and order, agriculture, health, industry sectors are in shambles," Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President, Subhash Shirodkar said at a press conference this evening.

He alleged that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar misled people to garner votes for coming to power. "People must be regretting why they voted for the political parties, now in government," he stated.

Former Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane, also present for the briefing, held the government responsible for the deteriorating health scene in Goa.

"The operation theatres in the hospitals have not been commissioned, neo-natal unit which was started by the Congress has been discontinued, doctors and nurses are short staffed, patients are no more getting free medicine, there are shortage of equipment," he reeled off the list of shortcomings in health.

The party has challenged the government to declare details of the schemes, implemented by the government for encouraging youths in agriculture and the money spent for the welfare of scheduled tribes in the state.

CLP spokesman Aleixo Reginald Lourenco compared the Congress era as much better than the present.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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