Goa floats 'My Village' Scheme to attract funds from NRGs

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Panaji, Feb 25 (UNI) In a bid to attract contributions from Non-Resident Goans for development of villages and towns in Goa, the state government has carved a unique scheme christened ''My Village''.

It has also formulated the ''Know Goa Programme (KGP)'' for the youth of Goan origin who are not Indian nationals, to help them discover India, its glorious past, present and promising future and also help in interacting with the youth of Goa and rest of the India.

Announcing these schemes at a press conference here today, NRI Affairs Commissioner Edurdo Faliero said that the government will provide matching contribution through the budgetary provision with a ceiling of Rs 10 lakh on each project.

The works under the scheme should be related to public utilities such as schools, libraries, gymnasium, playgrounds, hospital equipment and shelters for the old and the handicapped.

The project should be submitted by the Non-Resident Goans and it will then be taken up for execution after the interested NRG advance 50 per cent of the project cost.

A signboard carrying the name of the concerned NRG and his contribution will be permanently and prominently displayed at the site, Mr Faliero added.

The KGP will be held for a fortnight in December each year with the participation of ten youth from Goa diaspora, invited through a selection process of the Centre. Besides taking part in the events in Goa, they will also visit one more state in India. This year it will be Delhi, he said.

They will be reimbursed one flight fare, while the hospitality will be taken care of by the Goan government. Professionals and students in the age group of 18 to 26 will participate in the programme.

The participants should distinguish themselves in a particular field and should have an abiding interest in India. Applications of interested persons should be submitted to their nearest Consulate or Embassy of India, Mr Faleiro added.

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