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GRA Demands Lok Ayukta With Retrospective Effect

The Goenchea Rakhondarancho Awaz has demanded that the Lok Ayukta as and when formed in Goa, should be with retrospective effect and not prospective effect as proposed by the proponents of the Jan Lok Ayukta Bill.

Speaking to media persons on Wednesday Rajendra Kakodkar said GRA had made this suggestion at the workshop organized by International Centre, Goa recently on the Lok Ayukta Bill at Dona Paula where (Retd) Justice Santosh Hegde, member of Lok Pal Bill Drafting Committee was present.

Zarina da Cunha pointed out that GRA held programmes everyday in Goa when Anna Hazare sat on his fast in Delhi as they are committed to having the Lok Ayukta institute in Goa which she said is one means of fighting the rampant corruption that is corroding Goa and Goan society.

Meanwhile, GRA is holding its second rally, this time at Lohia Maidan, Margao on 29th April from 3:30 pm onwards. Briefing media persons, GRA representatives expressed confidence in getting a crowd larger than the one at Azad Maidan at Panjim on 15th March.

Around ten different people will reveal the specific problems faced by them following which GRA speakers will speak on the main issues affecting the Goan populace as identified by them subsequent to the inputs received by them at the Panjim rally.

According to Kakokdar, the main issues identified by the people for GRA to take up are:

1. The political set up in Goa needs to be changed and GRA has to act as a catalyst to bring about the change.

2. Setting up Lok Ayukta in Goa.

3. Special status for Goa.

4. Stop illegal and semi legal mining and undertake a reality check on legal mining so that those exploited beyond sustainable limits be stopped.

5. Notify Regional Plan 2021 as per people’s wishes.

6. Sanitisation of electoral rolls.

Replying to a question, Kakodkar said that a seminar will be held at Margao shortly to guide people from South Goa on how to sanitise the electoral rolls.

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