Vijai Sardesai: Khazan land bill is a scam

MARGAO: Independent MLA Vijai Sardesai launched yet another salvo at chief minister Manohar Parrikar; this time over the government’s handling of the draft ‘Goa Khazan Land Development Board Act, 2012’.

Sardesai has promised to not only raise this issue in the upcoming assembly session amongst other key issues, he also stated that the ‘government would be put on the mat’ by coordinating with other members of the opposition who are working on a strategy to ‘target and quiz’ the BJP-led government.

Stating that he had been asked to reply to the draft bill in his capacity as an MLA by the chief engineer of the water resources department within 15 days of it being sent to him, Sardesai, while addressing media persons on Saturday, said that he had conveyed his detailed reservations in a letter to the chief minister.

“The draft bill is nothing but the foundation of a land scam that will finish of Goa’s khazan lands and I want to know why lands are required to be acquired to stop illegal breaching of bunds. It is a question all Goans need to ask the government,” he said.

The Fatorda MLA pointed out that there are laws in place to protect khazan lands and it only needs proper implementation. He concurred that khazan lands are the last bastions of the comunidades and the gaunkari system followed in Goa.

SOURCE: THE TIMES OF INDIA

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