Assuring the Goa legislative assembly that his government was on the verge of finalizing a land acquisition policy for the state, chief minister Digambar Kamat on Friday said that the policy would consider providing jobs to people whose land was being acquired.
The chief minister’s assurance came during question hour to a starred question by Fatorda BJP MLA Damodar Naik on the new South Goa district hospital. While giving details about the project, Kamat said that the government had promised the families whose land was being acquired, that they would be provided with one job at the hospital.
The opposition and Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar, demanded that jobs also be provided to people in Mapusa and Bardez in the new Mapusa district hospital. Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar mentioned that in earlier years, he had also assured people around Peddem (Mapusa) who were opposing the hospital project that they would be given jobs at the hospital. Stating that if people who lost land in Margao could be given jobs at the new Margao hospital, Parrikar demanded that his assurance to the people of Mapusa also be honoured.
It was Dayanand Narvekar’s turn to attack next. Questioning whether the chief minister’s statement that people whose land was being acquired would be given jobs, was a policy statement, Narvekar said that in that case, people whose land was acquired for hospitals in Mapusa, Ponda and other places should also be given jobs in those hospitals. Narvekar insisted that if the Mapusa hospital was being sought to be run on a PPP model, then the hospital in Margao should also be run on a PPP basis. “There can be no discrimination between Margao and Mapusa,” Narvekar said, warning that the people would not allow the Mapusa hospital to start on a PPP basis.
The leader of opposition then pointed out that the chief minister had promised to finalize a land acquisition policy for Goa by February 2011 but had failed to do so. Kamat replied saying that the land acquisition policy was on the verge of finalisation and that he has asked the sub-registrars to furnish details of lands in their jurisdictions.
The opposition also grilled Kamat on the non-functioning of the new Mapusa district hospital although it was completed about three years ago. Parrikar pointed out that staff has already been recruited for the hospital and that their salaries amounted to about 4.5 crore. The chief minister promised to visit the new Mapusa district hospital along with the health minister and look at the possibility of transferring a few more services from the existing Asilo hospital to the new one.