In a bid to highlight the challenges faced by NRI Goans, the Goa Forward of UAE organised a Meet and Greet event at the Sea View Hotel in Dubai.
The Gulf Today – a national daily reported that Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar graced the occasion and interacted with the Goan community residing in the UAE.
During the meeting, the community members raised various issues with the minister, including getting birth certificates, handling of deceased NRI Goan expatriates upon reaching Goa and business licensing, among others.
Palyekar, an MLA from Siolim constituency, vowed to address the grievances. He suggested that the Goan expatriates should be integrated with the Indian Consulate in Dubai and use the platform of Goa Forward of UAE should they need any assistance. He also urged them to engage with Goa Forward of UAE and be an integral part of NRI Goan Voice, with a view to influencing decision-making within the Goa government.
Palyekar belongs to Vijai Sardesai-led Goa Forward Party (GFP). GFP was launched in Goa in 2016 and contested the assembly elections a year later on four seats. They managed to win three and later turned kingmakers.
Their post-poll alliance with the ruling political part at the Centre, the BJP, not only gave them to be a very influential part of the government in March 2017; their numbers enabled them to raise the voice of the people of Goa on issues dear to them, especially commitment to Goenkarponn – protection of Goan ecology, ecosystem, biodiversity, traditional livelihood and sustainability.
Last year, with an aim to connect with the Goan diaspora, the GFP launched its office in the UAE. It was inaugurated at the J3 Mall in Jumeirah, Dubai, by the GFP president and Goa’s Town and country planning minister, Sardesai, who flew from India for the purpose.