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Posted on Dec 19, 01:59PM | IBNS
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has vowed to reduce corruption by at least 90 percent by Dec 2013. "There is a steady progress in the law and order situations in the state. Corruption still exists at lower level but government is taking harsh actions against those involved," he said while addressing the 51st anniversary of Goa's liberation from the Portuguese colonial yoke, at Campal ground, this morning. The corruption, he added, had come down by 50 percent since he took over the reigns of the state in March 2012. The chief minister has pulled up the police department marred by drugs nexus and prostitution cases though at the same time, he has been encouraging discipline in the force. Several have faced suspensions and dismissals for staining the image of the department. Commenting about the partially-hit financial condition in the state due to mining ban, Parrikar, also Mines minister, assured no person will starve and that schemes will be introduced to ensure everyone's livelihood. "Government is concerned about the present crisis and we are financially helping all those affected by the mining closure. We will soon start legal mines once Supreme Court gives a verdict," he added, He was however quick to add that there has been 12 percent economic growth despite several difficulties, abolition of VAT on petrol and hike in financial benefits under various social welfare schemes.