Manohar Parikkar, Goa's chief Minister, said that Goa is now all set to increase the expenditure on education from the current 3.8 percent of GDP to 6 percent of the GDP in coming next 5 years.
“Goa spends 3.8 per cent of its Gross Domestic Project on educational sector. In this five-year term, we will touch it to six per cent (sic),” Parrikar said while addressing a gathering near Panaji in the presence of Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Parrikar said that right from the start of tenure as Chief Minister he has purposely kept the Education and Finance portfolios with him.
"I have purposely kept these portfolios with me. Finance is my love whereas Education is another portfolio which I like to handle. Portfolio of Education, which contributes for 30 per cent of total budget, is not preferred by many of the ministers,” he said.
“It is that department where you have to carry burden and no much avenue for development,” the Chief Minister said. He also that he has pumped in a lot of money in education sector for the purpose of creating educational institutes and infrastructure for them.
The government intends to create integrated school complexes so that all the educational institutes can be accommodated in one place and Panji has already done this at Bambolim.
“We intend to spend more Rs 50-100 crore on creating integrated school complexes. We are working out on the complexes in Margao and Mapusa,” he said