09 Jan 2019 05:52am IST
Joao Barros Pereira
Comunidade land has to be used for the benefit of the Goan community only - for Goans who are working in Goa, Goans who are working all over India, and NRG returnees who are going to invest in some business in Goa.
If the government is serious in its stated goal of giving jobs and bringing back Goans from all over India then show us a plan. Otherwise, it is nothing more than sentimental and irresponsible statements. The government has to be able to display more than mere pronouncements; there has to be a plan.
Jobs in Goa are scarce and far between and so a lot of our men and women have been forced to leave Goa and work beyond our borders. A big problem for a Goan who works outside Goa is not having a roof above his head in Goa, especially in his ancestral village. He ends up uprooted from his homeland and place of birth.
A small plot of land could be sold at a special price to Goans who do not own any land in Goa. Comunidade land, if possible, would be ideal. It would be nice if the future householders are able to return to the villages of their parents and grandparents.
What better use for comunidade land than to bring back the prodigal sons and daughters to the villages of their ancestors? Now is the time to bring back Goans who have been working outside the borders of Goa through no fault of their own. Every government has consistently failed to provide them with jobs in Goa. Jobs for outsiders, yes; jobs for Goans, no.
Generations of Goans for a century and more have emigrated to every corner of the planet. I wouldn't be surprised if we find a Goan on the moon. The presence of NRG returnees will be a great opportunity for Goans who live in Goa to forge a cultural and professionals link with Goans and people from countries all over the world through our prodigal sons and daughters. They will return to their ancestors villages with work skills which will enrich the local culture.
History has shown us whenever there is a growing economy it is wise to employ people who have a historical link to the land, and in this context our prodigal sons and daughters should be welcomed warmly. No need to give jobs to outsiders. Whatever new jobs are going to be available should go to Goans. Not non-Goans. Even though mining is presently in the dumps the tourism industry could do with a lot of fresh and new Goan blood.
The Japanese government decided wisely years ago to employ the progeny of Japanese who had emigrated and settled mostly in Brazil to work in the one time booming economy of Japan. A wise decision even in a currently shrinking economy which today has enriched Japan and Brazil.
Not all Goans who live abroad are rich even if they work hard and are ready to be discriminated against as they have to spend money for their livelihood and also on their children's education which often can be quite expensive. They need assistance and I hope the government of Goa will reach out to them and Goans working all over India and use the comunidade land for a good cause.
Will Goans living in Goa agree to this plan?