Panaji: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Tuesday demanded that government withdraw cases on Shel Melauli IIT protestors & activate internet network as gift to brave achiever of Sattari.
In a statement, he said,”It is a matter of pride for all of us on the outstanding performance of the brave girl Puja Melekar of Shel Melauli who stood first in Goa University securing highest marks in Analytical Chemistry at TYBSC Examination. I congratulate her for the achievement and urge the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant to withdraw all the cases filed against her and others during their protest against IIT Project at Shel Melauli.”
He said the action of the government would be the best gift to the young girl for her success and would also encourage others to work hard in academics and at the same time be the warriors to protect the environment, forest and identity of Goa.
”It is important to note that Puja Melekar was at the forefront of the anti IIT project agitation with the sole aim of protecting the cultivable land in her village. She continued to focus on academics as well,” Mr Kamat said.
The former Chief Minister said,”There are reports of poor internet connectivity in various parts of Goa. The students are unable to attend the online classes which have commenced from yesterday due to non-availability of consistent and un- interrupted network connection. I had urged the government to activate the Intranet Optic Fibre Cable Network which has reached all the Panchayats in Goa to facilitate easy access of Network to students. Unfortunately, my consistent reminders to the government have no yielded any results till date causing inconvenience to the students as well as the parents.”
”I am repeatedly demanding that the government must come out with an Academic Action Plan in view of the disruptions caused due to outbreak of Covid Pandemic. The irresponsible Government has not acted on the same till date. This shows the lack of seriousness of the Government with regards to the career of the students,” he alleged.
He also condemned the action of the government of arresting the NSUI President Naushad Chowdhari and other students who were protesting demanding conducting online examinations of Post Graduate students of Goa University.
The NSUI had played an important role in compelling the government to change their decisions in the past, Mr Kamat said.