Panaji, September 14, 2015. …. The Union Minister of State for AYUSH and Health and Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Naik laid the foundation stone for widening of four kilometer stretch road estimated to cost Rs. 59 lakhs leading from Savoi Verem Anant Devasthan junction to Shantadurga temple to Bhagwada junction in village Panchayat Verem Vagurme, Ponda under MPLAD Scheme at a function held at Vagurme yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Naik said that the rural areas of the state like Savoi Verem have witnessed remarkable growth during last three years due to efforts of Government. The Government on its part is doing its best to fulfill the needs of the people. Union Minister said, the endeavour of this Government is to see that the aspirations and expectations of the people in the state are fulfilled. Shri Naik informed that there is no dearth of funds to carry out developmental works as the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has raised the Constituency fund from Rs. 2 crore to 5 crore annually.

Minister for Craftsmen Training Shri Deepak Dhawalikar while speaking on the occasion said that construction of water pipe line which will cater to the drinking water problem in the areas remain unsolved due to non available of no objection certificates from the concerned. He told the people to remain united to achieve greater progress in socio-economic area and said that people’s participation in development programme is necessary. He called upon the people to extend their cooperation for taking up developmental works in their respective areas.

Thereafter Union Minister commissioned street light at various places of Village Panchayat of Verem Vagurme and Karmale in Village Panchayat Querim, in Ponda taluka. About 43 lakhs has been spent on erection of 220 poles with fixtures under MPLAD funds.

The Union Minister was accompanied by Shri Vishwas Satarkar, former Speaker and Chairman of Goa State Commission for Backward Class, Shri Mohan Verekar, ZP member, Shri Vinay Naik, Sarpanch Village Panchayat, Verem Vagurme, Shri Santosh Gaude, Sarpanch Village Panchayat Querim, Panchayat Members Smt. Vaishali Naik, Shri Gurudas Naik, Shri Satyawan Palkar amongst others.