The Goa Government has apparently decided not to keep its promise of providing jobs to the people from Maharashtra who were displaced by the Tillari Irrigation Project which was a joint venture of the two state governments.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that the Goa government cannot give jobs to Maharashtrians just because their government was demanding it.
When the Tillari Irrigation project was taken up, it was decided that since the dam would be built in Maharashtra with 73 per cent of the water for Goa, Goa would provide employment to the displaced people from Maharashtra.
Recently, the Water Resources Minister of Maharashtra Sunil Tatkare met his Goan counterpart Filipe Neri Rodrigues and reminded him of this agreement and sought employment for 630 displaced persons.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat while clarifying that this demand has not been placed before him by any minister from Maharashtra said it would have to be studied.
“We cannot give them jobs just because they are issuing threats,” he said while reacting to the threat from Maharashtra that it would block water supply from the project to Goa on 1st May if the Goa government does not respond to the demand.