Trajano D’Mello – NCP’s State Vice-President and Chief Spokesperson

1- What do you think are the changes that have happened in Goa in the last four years and what do you see in the future of Goa in the next four years?

The changes that have taken place in Goa in the last four years is that Goa i.e. the Goan culture is getting absolutely diluted and at present the rate of dilution of this culture is accelerated at a pace that was never seen before. All governments that were in power ever since Liberation have never cared nor done anything to preserve it.

There can be no Goa without the unique identity of Goa. The present government if allowed to continue its full term and if they manage to get elected the next term, be sure the Goan identity will be evaporated.

2- What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s advantage?

As I have said critical issues working towards Goa’s advantage is absolutely nil.  The basic need of a Goan to have a small shelter has become a dream.

3- What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s disadvantage? And what does Goa need to do over the next four years to be recognised as a Global destination?

The Tourism policy of the government is the most disadvantageous to the ethnic Goan and its culture.  Presently the Tourism policy gets in the cheap-end tourist.  The policy to get in the high-end tourist that would benefit the locals to a great extent, apart from the various resorts, should be discussed in a time-bound period taking views of a cross-section of people.

4- Are the people of Goa its biggest drawback or its biggest strength?

The people of Goa, I mean including the migrants, who have been here for the last fifteen years and more, who have assimilated themselves to the Goan culture especially the peaceful attitude of the Goans are the main and only strength of Goa.  It is the people of Goa’s attitude that send a strong signal not only to the nation but to the entire globe that Goans are of a peaceful nature.

The present claim of the government’s development is absolutely a canard.  I say this “Is a third bridge a necessity against a second bridge over the Zuari?”  Building bridges and no proper hygiene can never be termed as development. Also, fluctuating educational policies right from primary level to post-graduate level cannot be termed as development either.

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