Panaji: October 3,2015 … The Union Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar has said that the union Government under Skill India Mission is striving to create employment opportunities for the state of Goa and the exercise in this regard has been already started.

            Shri Parrikar was speaking as Chief Guest at the function organized to celebrate 15th  year of Dayanand Samajik Suraksha Yojana ( DSSY ) held at Campal recently.

The Government organized a function to commemorate 15th successful year of implementation of the aforesaid scheme. Around 120 initial beneficiaries of the scheme from all over the state were felicitated at the hands of the Defence Minister and Chief Minister and other dignitaries.

            Shri Parrikar said  that the DSSY Scheme wich was implemented fifteen years back has proved boon to the senior citizens, enhanced their respect and responsibility in their families and it has also helped to economically weak families to take care of their aged person. He said presently around 96 thousand beneficiaries are availing  benefit   of this scheme.

The Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar while speaking at the function said that the ideal society is that where aged people are well treated with respect and   takes proper  care.  DSSY Scheme was formulated with the sole objective to extend financial assistance to aged people as a pension to meet expenses of their   medicines and other needs. This scheme which was started with Rs.500/- is now enhanced to Rs.2000/- and  a there is no alternative to this scheme it will successfully continue hereafter he asserted.

The Deputy Chief Minister Shri Francis D’Souza while addressing at the function said the DSSY Scheme which is in force now benefitted to our senior citizens also extended to other sections like single women, orphans, disables, widows, and HIV positives This itself  indicates that  Government is working for common man.

The Social Welfare Minister Shri Mahadev Naik  while speaking said that Goa is the only state in the country which has implemented schemes like DSSY. Government incurs about 27 crores per month on this scheme. The Government has also extended this scheme to traditional rural artisans and the number of beneficiaries has increased to 1, 36,000 he added.    

MLA Panaji and Chairman EDC, Shri Siddharth Kunkalkar also spoke on the occasion

Shri Subhash Phaldesai, Chairman Goa Infotech Corporation Ltd. Shri Kiran Kandolkar Chairman Goa State Horticulture Development Corporation Ltd.  Smt. Meena Naik Goltekar Director Social welfare, Officials of  Social welfare Department  were those who attended the function.  

Shri Sudhir Mahajan Secretary Social Welfare welcomed the guests. Kum. Siddhi Upadhye compered the function.