The government of Goa has approved the state's Draft Solar Policy 2017, which sets a target of achieving 150 MW of solar by 2021.

The state Government introduces the “Solar Energy Policy (Goa) - 2017”, with the following objectives: To promote use of solar energy for generation of power, steam and hot water for use in industrial, commercial, domestic and other applications. Only the solar PV power generation is considered here.

The Government of Goa is pleased to frame the following policy on procurement of land under Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (30 of 2013) for direct procurement of land to set up public purposes projects on priority basis and the said policy is hereby published in the Offi

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has expressed opposition to District Mineral Foundation rules notified by government of Goa. According to CSE, these rules failed to make DMF relevant to the ‘people’ with ‘misplaced focus’ on fund utilisation

The government has proposed setting up of an independent water regulatory authority and amendments to the Goa Ground Water Regulation Act, 2002 and Goa Irrigation Act, 1973 to manage and regulate utilisation of water resources in the state.

The 30-month closure of mining operations has dented the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) bringing it down to 7.7 per cent during the financial year 2013-14, from 20.20 per cent in 2011-12, according to the Economic Survey 2014-15 tabled in the Goa Assembly on 24 March 2015.

After renewing nearly 43 iron ore mining leases by signing lease deeds in the last one month, the State government notified ‘The Goa Grant of Mining Leases Policy, 2014’. The policy, notified following the recent Mines and Minerals Development Regulation (MMDR) Act amendment ordinance 2015, has no changes in it.

The Goa government cleared the much-awaited mining policy promising lifting of the temporary suspension on mining operations in the state on case-wise basis and also ruling out auctioning of leases.

This Goa investment policy 2014 cleared by the state cabinet intends to attract investors to Goa resulting in facilitation of ` 25,000 crore worth new investment and creation of 50,000 jobs in the next five years. Another key objective of this policy is creating innovative and socially acceptable mechanisms to make land available for industrial development.

Budget being a short-term and seasonal exercise is primarily an answer to the economic survey of the preceding year. Economic reforms and policies need not wait for the budget. Traditionally, budget should limit itself to reforms in revenue mobilization to avoid leakages in collection.

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