Speaking to GoaChronicle.com, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said “If traders and transporters stop supply of essential commodities to the state then Goa might approach other states for purchasing essential commodities.
Once we start purchasing from other markets then we will not return to Belgaum and Kolhapur market for purchasing.”
He also said that there will be no shortage of essential commodities as they will begin purchasing from other states. “We will not abolish the entry tax,” Parrikar said.
Parrikar said no one can dictate terms to the Goa government and if someone doesn’t want to ply their vehicles, it will be their loss.
He urged the people of Goa not to panic as alternative arrangements are being done. He also said that his government would take action if artificial shortage of essential commodities is created. Stating that Goa was more than capable of tackling any issue regarding the supply of essential commodities, Parrikar played down the speculation that Goa is likely to suffer from the threat issued by wholesale dealers from neighbouring states.
Parrikar reacted angrily on being informed that some Kolhapur transporters have decided to retaliate against Goa-registered vehicles entering their region.
AIMTC submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways stating “Request your (Union ministry) goodself to kindly use your good offices to restrain the state governments from continuing with this entry tax.”
AIMTC also requested association members to support the cause of truckers and “transporter brethren” from Karnataka and Maharashtra by not sending their vehicles to the state of Goa.
Goa State Horticulture Corporation Ltd, Managing Director, Orlando Rodrigues said that the supply of vegetables at corporation outlets all over Goa will continue as normal. “It is requested that people should not panic with regards to the rumors being spread by mischievous elements regarding stoppage of vegetable supplies from neighboring states,” Rodrigues said.
He said that neither vegetable suppliers nor transporters are party to the agitation that the state is being threatened with. Milk cooperative societies from Kolhapur did not take any decision on halting milk supply to Goa. Kolhapur district lorry operators have approached the milk cooperative societies to stop supply of milk to Goa. Kolhapur district lorry operators’ Subhash Jadhav said societies have not stopped supply of milk to Goa.
Belgaum lorry owners association president Sayyed Gaffar said that they have decided to hold a rally in Belgaum on Saturday to protest against the entry tax and transporters from Khanapur, Bagalkot, Chikodi and Hubli will take part in the rally