MLAs cutting across party lines castigated the government for its failure to curb corruption and expressed fears that if things continue the way they are, Goans would be an endangered species shortly.
Leading the tirade was former minister Dayanand Narvekar who minced no words while participating in the discussion on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address. Illegal mining, environmental degradation, drug-police-politician nexus and break down in law and order, he said were manifestations of the deep rooted corruption.
He was particularly critical of the Health Minister Vishwajit Rane whose pet Public-Private Participation model came under severe fire. Narvekar while referring to the pathetic conditions of the Primary Health Services urged the government to keep the PPP projects on hold till the next assembly elections so that the new government can decide upon it.
Navekar also pointed to the chairs meant for PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and Vishwajit Rane (both were not present in the house) to sarcastically stated that the first was allah and the second was suban allah as far as corruption was concerned.
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Damodar Naik in his speech regretted that the Governor has not touched upon the reality in Goa and only painted a rosy picture in his address. He pointed out that the address did not make a mention of the deteriorating law and order situation nor did it say anything about the increasing crimes against women, which would affect the tourism trade.
Besides, he said though all Goans are not only aware but agitated over illegal mining, the police-politician-drug dealer nexus and escalating price rise of essential commodities, the Governor’s address failed to take cognizance of these feelings of the people.
Further, he said that corruption has exceeded all limits and to prove the point disclosed that PWD contractors are complaining that unless they pay 15 per cent commission on the projects, the file does not move or their bills are not cleared.