Panjim: Congress on Wednesday sought the intervention of Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma to ensure that opinions of local bodies and people are taken into consideration while making the State’s submission to the Union Ministry o Environment and Forest (MoEF) on the draft Coastal Zone Regulation (CRZ) notification 2018.
In a joint letter, Congress president Girish Chodankar and Leader of the Opposition, Chandrakant Kavalekar requested the Chief Secretary to be in sync with the aspirations of the people to evolve a mechanism for eliciting and soliciting people’s participation in the opinion gathering process on the issue to enable the State government to take an appropriate decision, pending which the government should not go ahead with the draft notification.
“We seek to draw your kind attention to the fact that the State of Goa has a coastline all along the west coast of the State and as such the said notification assumes seminal importance vis-à-vis Goa and Goans,” they said.
The party alleged that the Central government appears to have high handedly and without consulting the States drafted the notification which itself strikes at the very root of the federal polity.
It said that the State government must take all measures to solicit and elicit people’s opinions and only then take a stand on the draft notification.
“The State of Goa has failed to involve people, local bodies and the stakeholders on this issue and is rather attempting to bulldoze the notification on the State and its people which is anti- democratic and most high-handed.
Even otherwise the said notification appears to be crafted to aid and help the corporates and the concerete lobby which is highly deplorable and condemnable,” the party leaders charged.
They said that it needs to be noted that the coastline has served the traditional fishermen, local tourism stakeholders, shacks etc. “Therefore any decision taken by the State Government on this issue without consulting all the stakeholders etc shall not augur well in as much has the potential to unleash irreversible damage to the States landscape, its environment and the ecology,” they added. [H]