Almost a week after the Balli incident, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat along with Tribal Welfare Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues visited the families of the victims – Manguesh Gaonkar at Gaondongri and Dilip Velip at Morpirla, Quepem.
The Chief Minister handed over a cheque of Rs. 5 lakh each to the families of Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip Chief Minister Relief Fund as immediate financial relief to the families and promised all help in future.
Speaking informally, the Chief Minister mentioned that his Government has virtually met all the demands put forth by United Tribal Association Alliance which includes earmark of 12 per cent of the total state plan outlay for tribal sub plan and a special recruitment drive has also been ordered in government departments for scheduled tribes. Besides, land of the tribals will not be allowed to sell to non tribals.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the Government headed by him is all for the welfare of scheduled tribes. Even employment for eligible persons in the bereaved families could be considered on top priority basis, he added.