Now in 2022, the BJP has made new election promises, but let us remind them of the decade old unfulfilled solemn assurances given to the people of Goa.
In 2012 the BJP had vowed that Annual Performance Reports of every government department would be prepared and publicized which has not happened. Also promised was participatory governance at village level as envisaged in the 73rd and 74th amendments, which too, did not see the light of the day. Promised was a new Agricultural policy to make agriculture more rewarding but all that we have witnessed is the continued sight of fields and hills being converted into concrete jungles.
We were assured a new regional plan keeping in mind Goa’s identity, but there has been no plausible progress in that direction with a selected coterie of builders having a field day with constructions mushrooming everywhere without the much needed provision for basic infrastructure of electricity, water, parking, sewage and garbage disposal.
To ensure regular, uninterrupted power supply the BJP promised that the whole of Goa would have underground cabling in five years and that the State would be plastic-free in three years which has also not materialized.
The promise that a garbage management system would be in place in 18 months is still a distant dream. The government has also miserably failed in its promise of 12 hours-a-day uninterrupted drinking water within two years. In the 2012 budget speech, the BJP government had assured that every Department would implement e-governance within 18 months. But sadly, even after a decade most government websites continue to be dysfunctional or remain not updated.
It has all been a bundle of promises like China made goods, without a warranty or guarantee.