Panaji, December 8
Goa Suraskha Manch, an off-shot of Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) championing the cause of regional languages in the state, today claimed that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had expressed ‘no confidence’ in former Chief Minister and incumbent Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Addressing a press conference in a city hotel, GSM president Anand Shirodkar said, ”Mr Parrikar boasted that he would make Goa cashless by December 31, 2016. But top office bearers of BJP in Goa, including Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar have publicly admitted that it is not possible to achieve this by December 31. Contradicting Mr Parrikar on such an important national issue is tantamount to expressing no confidence in him.”
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar announced that Investment Promotion Board had given approval to 134 projects but approving projects outside industrial estates without finalising Regional Plan was like cheating ‘Goans and destroying environment of the state’, he alleged.
The BJP Government amended Tenancy Act 64 and 76 to shift judicial powers from Revenue Department to judiciary but this also created lot of hardship to agricultural tenants all the state, he said, adding if the party came to power it would withdraw the anti-tenant amendment.
Mr Shirodkar said the party would set up administrative reforms commission to suggest within six months reduction in the number of ministers and in the number of state corporations, boards and societies. Stating that all semi skilled and unskilled employment should be given to Goan youth and there should not be ban on development around the airport excepting that which was required for the safety of aircraft, he said contractors developing Mopa Airport would be directed to start skill development for Goa youth.
Goa Suraksha Manch launched in October last has announced to field candidates in all the 40 constituencies in the state in next assembly
Panaji, December 8