Stating that nationalisation of six rivers in Goa was 'anti-Goan' and a 'pro corporate' decision, which will have far reaching adverse affects on the demography and livelihood of the local people, the opposition Congress today said it would strongly oppose any move of BJP-led government to nationalise state rivers and cautioned to desist from doing so as it would destry the Goan rivers.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in the state, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Luizinho Faleiro, along with Leader of Opposition Pratapsinh Rane, said, ''We want immediate response from the Goa government. Are they ready to safeguard and protect the interest of Goa? The government had assured in the Goa Assembly that they would discuss the issue together with the proposed memorandum of understanding between the Goa government and the Inland Water Authority of India with themembers of the Assembly.
"It is also incumbent upon the state government to consult the Goans and take their opinions on the issue. However, the state government has deliberately kept Goans in the dark and has rather moved ahead with its idea of nationalisation of state rivers to serve the corporate interests of the BJP lobby.''
The BJP-led government's decision to nationalise six rivers -- Mandovi, Sal, Mapusa, Zuari, Cumbharjua and Chapora -- would take away the rights of the Goans vis-a-vis the rivers out of their hands and further put Goa's identity in danger and crisis, he said, adding, that the vast fishermen community of the state and also thepeople who had their livelihoods dependent on the state rivers, could not be made to suffer becasue of the 'anti-Goan' decision of the government.
''Already, the fishermen community of Vasco, Mormugao and other areas are having some genuine issues with the Mormogao Port Trust (MPT) and the proposed nationalisation of rivers will create further problemes and irreparable damage to the state and its people,'' he stated.
''The act appears to favour the powerful corporate lobby of BJP by destroying Goa's rivers. This will not only ensure that state will lose control over the rivers, but also over the lands constituting river beds and banks, which will spell a disaster for the people of the state,'' he claimed.
Mr Rane noted, ''In democracy, we must have transparency. Government must be transparent with all people in the state. There should be discussion on what is good and what is bad. That is why Assembly is there. There should not be decisions in haste. The decision will affect people like poor fishermen.''UNI AKM SS SM RJ BD2103
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