Panaji, Oct 4 (UNI) Goa government today urged the Centre for according special category status to tourism as it is one of the five popular tourism destinations in the world.
Participating in a seminar on financial reforms organised by the Debt Management Unit, state Finance Minister Dayanand Narvekar enumerated various reforms the government had undertaken resulting in achieving revenue surplus this year.
For sustained development, the state required higher investment particularly for infrastructure sector. At the same time, the state was promoting public-private-partnership in various developmental projects.
At the same time, the per capita income had also started growing at 6.73 per cent per annum even as development expenditure had been increased to as high as 67 per cent with a lot of investment made in education, health, energy and water supply. It had also waived Rs 63 crore Central debt in the last two years, the minister added.