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Respect public sentiments by scrapping PDAs, RP 2021, says Congress

Panjim: The Congress party on Thursday demanded that government should immediately scrap all the Planning and Development Authorities (PDAs) and the Regional Plan 2021, respecting to the sentiments of the people, who are currently agitating.

Addressing media persons, Congress senior leader Ramakant Khalap said that there is mass public movement against the PDAs and Regional Plan 2021 and the Congress party strongly supports the people’s demand.
“Government should immediately scrap PDAs and RP21 and initiate process to draft a new plan by reviving the Town and Country Planning Act by incorporating provisions of 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments. People’s participation should be maximum in the planning process,” Khalap said.

The former law commissioner recalled that the Congress party in its pre-election vision document had promised the people of Goa that it shall scrap all the PDAs and amend the RP21 by reformulating it under provisions of newly reformed TCP Act by incorporating the provisions of 73rd and 74the amendments and also ensuring environment protection.
“Based on these promises, Congress was blessed with 17 seats by the people in the 2017 election,” Khalap said.

Responding to a question, Congress general secretary Adv Yatish Naik said that scrapping of PDAs is well within system of law and the party had promised it after going through all legal aspects.

“Why scrapping of PDAs is not possible? We had promised the people after going through all the legal aspects. It is well within the system of law. Only one need is the will to do it,” Naik stated.

Goemkar Against PDAs are currently on chain hunger strike till May 13 pressing for their demands to scrap PDAs and RP 21 and amendment to the TCP Act.

Earlier, St Cruz MLA Tony Fernandes and St Andre MLA Francis Silveira urged TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai to immediately withdraw all the villages from St Cruz and St Andre from the jurisdiction of Greater Panjim Planning and Development Authority (GPPDA) as promised on Easter eve.
“I feel bad to see people sitting on hunger strike. I would urge the minister to withdraw the villages from GPPDA today itself. On Easter eve, he had announced to remove the villages from the GPPDA but nothing has been done so far,” Fernandes said.

Elect a new State leader or make way for us to form govt: Cong
Panjim: The Congress party has urged the BJP-led coalition government to either elect a new leader to run the State in the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar or make way for them to form the government.
Senior Congress leader Ramakant Khalap said that the political temperature in Goa is very bad as the State is headless for last three months.

“Our wishes are with Chief Minister for his speedy recovery but for one person, we cannot take the whole State for ransom,” he said.
Ruling out possibility of the demanding for a President’s rule, Khalap said, “We urged the BJP, MGP and GFP to elect their new leader or exit making way for the Congress to form the government. We being the single-largest party, Governor should now act and call us to form government,” he said.
“How can a democratically elected State Assembly function without a leader? How can government function without a Chief Minister? Who is in the government to advice the Governor?” he questioned. [H]

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