Goa government’s move to vacate Kannadiga families living on Baina beach has caused uproar in the border districts. Kannada activists in Belagavi and Karwar have condemned the untimely move by Goa where 55 houses were demolished on Tuesday.
About 200 families of labourers, mostly belonging to Bagalkot and Vijayapura, face an uncertain future. Kannada organisations in Goa are trying to provide food and temporary shelters to those who have lost homes. As it is raining in Goa for the last two days, the troubles for the Kannadiga families have worsened.
GoaChronicle.com has learned through informed sources that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written to Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, to stop the eviction of Kannadigas at Baina beach and rehabilitate them at the earliest. Expressing his shock over the media reports of eviction of the 55 families, he said that most of these people being construction workers deserve humanitarian consideration.
“They are living in Goa since several years and have been given EPIC card and ration card. Most of them are construction labourers and deserve humanitarian consideration.”