Herald: Some of the recent agitations in Goa
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Some of the recent agitations in Goa

18 Jun 2017 06:38am IST
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18 Jun 2017 06:38am IST

Does Goa need casnios or not is long debated and protested issue. However, the battle against casinos has failed in Goa because it has never become a full-fledged people’s movement and restricted to being a convenient political movement for parties who thought it was expedient at that particular point of time.

Anti- Casino agitation

Does Goa need casnios or not is long debated and protested issue. However, the battle against casinos has failed in Goa because it has never become a full-fledged people’s movement and restricted to being a convenient political movement for parties who thought it was expedient at that particular point of time.

So before the 2012 elections, the opposition BJP took to the streets against casinos and vowed to throw them out, only to allow them to bob on Goa’s waters. It get's almost Rs 200 crores from the casino lobby by way of various taxes annually, though the figure has been pegged officially only Rs 50 crores.

The Congress-led government of Francisco Sardinha, signed on the dotted line to bring the casinos in, a government, lest one forget, supported by the BJP. But during Digambar Kamat’s tenure, with Ravi Naik as Home Minister, the industry grew and flourished. Therefore, inspite of Luzinho Faleiro’s apology and a vow to get the casinos out of Goa, the party as a whole, needs to work towards cleaning its hands completely

 

Medium of Instruction:

The MOI agitation one of the biggest agitations of late by parents, who demanded grants to English medium schools at a primary level in Goa.

The agitation has been partly successful. The FORCE and  BBSM, which is opposing grants, are at loggerheads over the issue.

However, this issue too has been politicised and seems to have polarised the Goans society to certain extent.

 

Marinas at Sancoale

Till date there is not much clarity on the marinas in the River Zuari. Herald has published the plans which it obtained from its investigations, but the government itself has preferred to go into a shell on this issue. The marinas are not about development of the villages, a carrot that the government always dangles before the people, but about a sea change in the area they will come up in.

 In the case of the marinas, it is not just the residents of the villages but also the MLAs representing those areas who are opposed to the projects.


Tiracol Golf course

 Almost similar is the situation in Tiracol where a golf course and resort are planned.

 The people have been fighting it but the final relief they are expecting is only from the courts

Here too the area is represented by a BJP MLA, the former chief minister himself.Most regrettably the proponents of the golf course brought in some bouncers to the village to quell any protest from the villagers.

This is not just a tactic meant to intimidate the residents but a challenge to the government and its law enforcing agencies.

 While each of these agitations were rooted in genuine causes, the roadmap for Goa’s growth, does get hampered  when there is that one opposition which really does impact education and jobs.

 For the first time in years, this is one people’s agitation which is divided and therefore the decision to move the location of Goa’s first IIT to Ponda from Loliem, is debatable. And that s what we discuss in the accompanying stories in this package.
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