Velim Villagers Rebuff Govt Overtures, Sit on Dharna
Velim villagers rejected the obvious sop of holding the land acquisition process in abeyance and went ahead with the planned dharna in front of Velim panchayat on Wednesday morning.
The villagers were demanding that the government drop the proposal to acquire 30,000 square metres of land near the Cutobona fishing jetty to set up a fish meal plant.
Reacting to the demand voiced at the Gram Sabha meeting held on 22nd August wherein the villagers had threatened to sit on a dharna on 1st September,
local MLA and Water Resources Minister held a high level meeting on 31st August and it was decided to keep the land acquisition process in abeyance.
However, the villagers were not willing to accept this sop and demanded that the project be scrapped in toto.
The gathered crowd grilled Sarpanch Reny Caeiro for participating in the meeting without taking them into confidence and demanded to know the mind of the local MLA. However, when she revealed that the MLA had said that local people’s wishes be respected, the restive crowd demanded to know why the MLA was not present to which obviously the Sarpanch could not answer.