The member of Parliament (MP) South Goa Narendra Sawaikar, on Friday, said there is still a hope for Goa getting the special status as the Centre is weighing all available options on the issue.
Speaking to the media in Margao to highlight the development works carried out in his south Goa constituency during the last two years through MPLAD Scheme, by spending Rs 6 crore, Sawaikar said, “ The Centre is weighing all options on the issue of special status. The Centre has not closed down the issue.”
He said he had discussed the issue with the central leaders.
“Under Article, 371, Goa is demanding special status. But there are other states like Mizoram, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, whose cultural identity was different from Goa. Besides Goa, there are a few others – Telagana, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar which are also demanding the special status for them. Once the box is opened, so far the issue is concerned, there are various issues that need to be carefully addressed. The issue is not closed. There is a hope for Goa getting the special status,” he added.
Commenting on the Dhirio legalisation, which his party had promised to legalize upon coming to power, Sawaikar said he had met the Union Environment and Forest Minister.
“We had to cautiously tread the issue as the court has passed a judgment in similar case in Tamil Nadu,” the MP, who is also an advocate said.
He said that he took up the issue of traditional fishermen of Goa with the central ministers, and after deliberation with him along with the other coastal state MPs, amendment to the CRZ rules has been suggested and soon the new law will come up to protect the traditional community along the coast.
He said that emphasis was laid on improving infrastructure in schools and construction of bridges in Galgibaga Canacona, and added that he has fulfilled the promise made during the election to commence train service from Goa to Valankani.
“I have written to the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar that under MPLAD Scheme, I wish to contribute for trauma unit at South Goa District Hospital. I have decided to provide Rs 2 crore for it,”he said.
A booklet of the works carried out by him during the last two years was released on the occasion.
The state BJP unit president Vinay Tendulkar, south Goa president Sarvanand Bhagat, councillor Rupesh Mahatme, ZP chief Navnath Naik, ZP member Ulhas Tuenkar and others were present during the media briefing.