Saturday, March 21, 2009

"Goa Bachao Abhiyan" calls for meeting over ordinance.

The Goa Bachao Abhiyan, a public movement which started with the trigger of the public opposition to the Regional plan 2011, has now decided to organise a public meeting in Panjim to demand for the revocation of the ordinance seeking to save a portion of the Cidade De Goa from being demolished.

It may be recalled that some prominent citizens including members of the GBA had met in Panjim recently on March 13, to chalk out the action plan to protest against the ordinance.The GBA has now fixed the date of the meeting to be on Monday, the 23rd of March 2009 at 4 pm at the Gomantak Maratha hall in Panjim

Interestingly, the state legislative assembly is also scheduled to meet on the same day, beginning a four day session at the secretariat, and the GBA sought to remind the elected representatives of their duty towards their citizens. The government could  introduce the bill in the coming session of the assembly to ratify the ordinance into a law.

The GBA convenor Ms Sabina Martins questioned the wisdom of the government to promulgate the ordinance in order to help the city hotel thereby circumventing the verdict of the supreme Court dated 20th January 2009.

The Goa Bachao Abhiyan criticised the government for its "despotic" governance by effecting the ordinance retrospectively from 1964 and overturning the specific violation of hotel Cidade de Goa and quashing hopes of legal recourse by anyone by keeping objections out of the purview of the courts.

Lamenting that Goa had become a lawless state due to the encouragement of the high office of the government itself, she said that the ordinance turning into law, would assert that view beyond doubt.

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