Goa churches will be developed with central funds: Kishan Reddy

Panaji, Sep 20 (IANS): Goa's historic churches which are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will be developed by the central government, which will also fund events related to the 60th anniversary of the state's Liberation from Portuguese yoke, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G. Kishan Reddy said on Monday.

Speaking at a helipad inauguration in Old Goa, near Panaji, Reddy also said that the tourism sector has faced a lot of job losses on account of the Covid pandemic, adding that this sector would be revived in order to boost employment generation.

"We will promote events related to the 60th anniversary of Goa's Liberation through the Union ministry of Tourism and Culture. Churches maintained by the (ASI) will also be developed under the aegis of the central government. We will spend money on it. The PM has said that Goa should be allotted more money for tourism development," Reddy said.

Goa is home to the historic Old Goa Church complex, a cluster of 17th century churches which are endorsed as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Reddy's announcement comes two days after Prime Minister Narenra Modi during a virtual interaction with health workers and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the state Goa was the key to tourism revival in the country.

"The tourism sector has faced a lot of losses due to corona not only in Goa, but throughout the world. Some countries function only through tourism... We will boost employment through the tourism sector," Reddy said, adding that in the coming days he would hold a review meeting of the tourism scenario in Goa with the Chief Minister and officials from the Tourism and Culture ministries.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her recent budget has announced a central package of Rs 300 crore for celebration of the 60th anniversary of the state Liberation from Portuguese rule. Goa was a Portuguese colony for 451 years before it was liberated by the Indian armed forces in 1961.



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  • juliana, udupi

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    These churches are beyond any development because they are holy to the faithful unlike developing markets and roads. As the community is a private party, funds may be utilized for their overall development. These churches are worth keeping them as they are as they stand despite adverse situations for the future generation to ponder.

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  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    I oppose the use of my taxes for such purposes.//// Separation of church and state is a primary requirement for good governance./// All "spiritual business houses" should raise their own funds from their subscribers./// Communities of voters who sell their votes in exchange for such crumbs must understand that they are themselves the losers.///The government has only 3 functions in a civilised society: protection of law-abiding citizens from the law breakers ( functions of police and judiciary); protection of the country from external threats (armed forces); creation of infrastructure for the common usage of all citizens where privatisation may have conflicting interests with the common usage and to run infrastructure that private interests may not find profitable to run for the common usage.///The government must only mind its above business and get out of running all other businesses that it has no business being in.

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    Readers seem to forget the idea behind this announcements. It is only a poll gimmick and nothing is going to happen in reality.

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  • William, Mangaluru.

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    It's not the duty of the govt. to develop or build temples, churches, mosques, etc. Govt. should look into the development needs and not spiritual needs of the people.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    Funds from India should should be used for Temples ...

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    This Reddy at risk of being called Desh Drohi...., development may be at the behest of Italian Madam..., mandate from Rome...., otherwise a criminal crony intention to poach land/buildings belong to churches..., after all Jokara's just good for taking cow matha for grazing...,

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    There are Priests to look into the spiritual needs of people?

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