Veronica Gomes has been working as a peon at Forum for Innovation Incubation Research & Entrepreneurship for the past three years. In conversation with Susparsha Gaikwad, reporter at Goachronicle.com.
Goachronicle.com: Do you think we have job opportunities in Goa?
Veronica: There are considerable job openings in Goa, but Goans are not hired in these positions. Non Goans are preferred to be hired.
Goachronicle.com: How has COVID-19 impacted your life?
Veronica: The initial COVID-19 lockdown phase was beneficial and important. I had stocked groceries in my home prior to the lockdown so I did not struggle much with that. But few goods that are required to be purchased fresh were sold at unreasonably high price. I did not have any source of earning during the lockdown hence managing the expenses was a uphill task.
Goachronicle.com: How do you think CM Mr. Pramod Sawant handled the pandemic situation?
Veronica: The first two months of lockdown were well managed by the CM. Chaos happened with him opening up the borders. But then it can also be understood that he had to relax the restrictions as he was pressurized by the people. Lockdown was a tough time for the entire nation. People starved to death, had to walk miles and miles together to go back to their hometowns. It was a sad situation.
Goachronicle.com: If given a chance to bring about a change in the country what would you do?
Veronica: If given a chance I would work towards eradicating poverty. I would provide employment for all of them to end their suffering.
Goachronicle.com: Is India heading in the right direction?
Veronica: India is heading in the right direction. But there is a need to protect agriculture. Agricultural farmlands should not be used for any other purpose. If the government works more towards it, we will flourish as a nation.