GFP to move resolution demanding reservation for SC ST communities

Gomantak Times
Tuesday, 28 January 2020

"My party and like-minded political leaders will move a resolution demanding political reservation for small community and that is Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes of Goa, which is a long-pending demand," said Goa Forward Party (GFP) president and Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai.

MARGAO: Goa Forward Party (GFP) president and Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai on Sunday stated that he with the support of Congress MLAs will move a resolution in the upcoming Assembly session demanding political reservation to the small community and that is Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. He also claimed that the Citizenship Amendment Law (CAA) will affect the small community most.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the Lokotsav organised by Barebhatt Social and Cultural Association (BSCA) at Raia. MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, parish priest of Raia church Fr Conceicao D'Silva, BJP Leader Prakash Velip and other dignitaries were present at the function.
"My party and like-minded political leaders will move a resolution demanding political reservation for small community and that is Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes of Goa, which is a long-pending demand," he added.
He further said that there will be five-day Assembly session, wherein they will move this resolution in the Assembly. "If the government is serious about this issue then they should pass this resolution and prove that this government has a concern about the small community of Goa," he further added.
"I hope Minister Govind Gaude will be sincere towards this cause but what about the government? No one has the answer to this question. Many of the political leaders may give assurances but the people who are in the government need to fulfill the demand. Indigenous people of Goa needs to be protected and especially the original Goans."
He also said that as stated by the experts it is said that minorities will be affected most due to the CAA.
"We must remember one thing and that is the Goemkarponn is preserved and protected by small communities of Goa. Natural heritage such as farming is kept alive by this small community and to preserve this and to empower them, the Constitution has made several provisions, including political reservation. Indigenous people of Goa needs to be protected and especially the original Goans. There is also need political leaders from a small community. The present situations seem that we will not know the importance of the Constitution will remain intake or not. There is no guarantee of the health of the Constitution," he added.
Vijai said that Congress party on the occasion of Republic Day has sent a gift of the Constitution to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In Constitution equality before the law in promised.
"But we did not know if there is an equality in a country or not. The new law such as Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and NRC and NPR, in which filter has been fixed to the minorities. There is doubt in the minds of people with regard to equality. Now, the time has come where there is a big question about the celebration of Republic Day. Looking at the situations created by the government, we should celebrate the Republic Day or not?," he questioned.
Our Goenkarponn is known not only in India but all over the world. There is uniqueness about Goa and we have a doubt that this government will support us to protect this uniqueness of Goenkarponn, he stated.
Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco in his address assured all help to the BSCA and also appealed to be united for the cause. Fr Conceicao D'Silva and Prakash Velip also addressed the gathering.
Scholarships to the toppers of SSCE and HSSE of Raia were given at the hands of guests. Later on, 'Kantaranchi Sanz', a Konkani programme was presented by Norman Cardozo and his troupe. President of BSCA Romaldo Gonsalves welcomed the gathering while, Agnelo de Borim compered the function.
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