Former MLA and convenor of Movement For Special Status Matanhy Saldanha has taken exception to the tenor of the demand for special status made by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat at a function where Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was the chief guest.
He asserted that Goa should by right, be accorded the special status in order to protect its land, culture and identity as all these facets of Goan lifestyle are under threat in present times.
While admitting that Goa lost out on two five year plans, he said special status should not be restricted only for a financial package that would have been availed during these two plan periods.
“In fact, if the money stashed by Goan politicians abroad is brought back to the State, we shall be able to take of our financial requirements for improving the infrastructure,” he said adding that the Centre would do well to get these monies back to the State.
However, he said that Goa needed the special status to protect its land which is under grab by all and sundry most of who are non-Goans purchasing properties either for investment or second homes.
Besides, he said the local language is under threat and is not even heard in many village squares and to correct this wrong happening in the society, the special status was required.