Taking cognizance of the protest staged by parents and students of Morpirla government primary and high school on Day one of the school reopening, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the government is committed to repair and renovate every school building across the State if left out for whatever reason.
After the government on Monday evening issued work orders for the high school repairs and renovation and has floated a tender for the renovation of the primary school, school students joined the classes at the Morpirla school on Tuesday. Parents, however, continued their protest outside the school and will chalk out the future course of action if the promised works does not start within seven days, informed Morpirla deputy Sarpanch Prakash Velip.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant took the platform of the celebrations of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Betul in Quepem constituency on Tuesday to assure Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa that the government will never discriminate against Opposition ruled constituencies in the field of development.
After MLA Altone raised the Morpirla school issue and thanked the Chief Minister for prompt action in issuing work orders, besides floating a tender to undertake the school repair work, Pramod Sawant said his government has been doing work right from Canacona to Pernem without any discrimination.
“Goa is one State and I am the Chief Minister of entire Goa. If there are some pending repairs and renovation works of schools, higher secondary schools and colleges for whatever reasons, my government is committed to complete the work”, he said.
Referring to the Morpirla primary school, he said the government had twice floated tenders for the repair work, but there were no takers. “We have once again floated the tender and I am confident that work will commence after the completion of the process”, he added.
The Chief Minister gave a categorical commitment stating that no primary school or higher secondary school or College will be ignored, but will be provided with all the amenities.
On MLA Altone’s demand to allot 25,000 square meters of IDC land at Naqueri to set up a panchayat ghar and a football ground, the Chief Minister said the government will try and resolve the land issue before building the Betul panchayat ghar.