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Activists worry at Brexit impact

Margao: Goans under the banner of ‘Amhi Goenkar’ have demanded that the government devise a contingency plan to protect the interests of the Goans in Portugal in any eventuality of negative impacts of Brexit. They have also criticised the State and Central governments for “sleeping over” the critical issue.
Amhi Goenkar is drafting a memorandum which they plan to give to Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the State and Central governments suggesting the ways out.Amhi Goenkar has as its members Adv Radharao Gracias, Jacinto Souza, Mcmilan Quadros and others.
Addressing the media, Jacinto Souza, a Portuguese passport holder who is employed in Portugal, said, “It is a proud moment for us to see a son of soil leading a country like Portugal. We should be proud and welcome him in the best manner.”Speaking on the Goans in Portugal and UK, he said, “More than 50,000 people are working in Portugal and in the United Kingdom by opting for a Portuguese passport. But now these people face the problem of mass deportation due to Brexit. Because of this, we are now Na Ghar Ka Na Ghat Ka.”Jacinto also alleged that State and Central governments have not secured a contingency plan to cushion the effect of Brexit.
“Even Jayalalitha made a mention in her manifesto of Srilankans being given Indian nationality. But not one of the regional parties have put this in their elections manifesto,” he said.Radharao Gracias said, “Leaders like Dhavalikar need to apologise to the Portuguese PM for their statements as they feel that they will abuse and gain mileage.”Pointing out that so many countries in the world have dual citizenship, he appealed for amending the Overseas Citizen of India Act in favour of Portuguese Goans. “But don’t strike out their names off the electoral rolls as they have their houses here,” Radharao urged. [H]

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