PANJIM: Former chief minister and Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane has called a stop to cow slaughter in the State.
Speaking at the official function on the 31st anniversary of Goa’s Statehood, Rane said that Goa has made tremendous progress over last 31 years, but continues to face some big challenges in the form of garbage, stray cattle menace, cow slaughter and employment generation.
“Government needs to ban use of plastic, provide shelter for stray cattle, stop cow slaughter and bring in more industries to generate quality employment to youth,” he stated.
Speaking on the increasing crimes being reported in the State, Rane called for a need to draft a fresh Goa Police Bill enacting stringent laws to combat crime. Rane said the State is following the Goa Police Bill which was prepared by the central government over a decade back.
“I don’t want to name anyone but yes, there are certain people who don’t want a new Act,” Rane said in his address. “We need to look forward now and draft a fresh police bill. The crime rate is increasing and being a coastal state we need to be more stringent in our laws and punishments,” he said.
The Congress MLA said the State should adopt a system in line with some foreign countries, where the crime rates are minimal or zero.
The State government has adopted the Police bill drafted by the Central government in 2008. Since then, there have been attempts to draft a fresh bill. However, it never saw the light of day.
Recalling the days before Statehood, Rane said, “Union territories have no powers. They were like those second class passengers. And that is the reason why even today Daman and Diu wants to be part of Goa. They always wanted to be part of Goa State and they wish even today,” Rane said.
Rane was speaking in presence of Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant, Ministers Rohan Khaunte, Mauvin Godinho and Vinod Palyekar. Several MLAs, current and former, were present.