Q: There are many political parties and their youth wings
in Goa. Why only Goa Forward Party’s youth wing has taken up the issue of 15
years of domicile certificate for Goa University staff recruitment?
We are the only political party following the ‘Goem’,
‘Goemkar’ and ‘Goemkarponn’ agenda and hence it is but natural that only we
take up this issue concerning Goa University staff recruitment. Not only the
15-years domicile criterion but also knowledge of Konkani should be compulsory
for all job applicants. It is indeed sad that other political parties and their
youth wings do not have this vision to protect the interests of Goan youth and
this is exactly why only the GFP can protect ‘Goemkarponn’.
Q: Goa Forward Party is a part of the state government
and considered to be a powerful alliance in the current coalition led by BJP.
Instead of coming onto the street, why you cannot resolve such issues within
We are not just another political party whose only aim is
to remain in power. Yes, we are an integral part of the government and are
confident that the Chief Minister can and will resolve this issue. It is only
if for any reason that it is not resolved to the satisfaction of the Goan youth
that we will have to resort to other ways to achieve the desired outcome.
Q: Will this be restricted to Goa University recruitment
matter or your party has identified such loopholes in other departments leading
to injustice to Goan youth?
This is not restricted only to the Goa University
recruitment. We are committed to protecting the interests of the Goan
youth as far as recruitment in all government departments is concerned and will
certainly ensure that these criteria are strictly followed by all the
departments. To go one step further, we will also try to make sure that private
establishments operating in Goa, especially in industrial estates where the
state government provides infrastructural and other facilities, give preference
to Goan applicants for jobs.
Q: Goa Forward Party is talking about protecting
‘Goemkarponn’. Can you elaborate on your party’s future action plan in this
In addition to jobs for Goan youth, we promise to take
all steps to promote opportunities for Goan youth in self-employment,
entrepreneurship etc and for this make available the necessary education and
training. ‘Goemkarponn’ is also about the Goan ethos and for protecting this,
we are taking steps to protect the various facets of Goan heritage, be it
cultural, architectural, natural or agricultural. This includes promoting Goan
vegetables and fruits like the ‘tambddi bhaji’ and Mankurad mango, organising
heritage festivals, laying down rules for buildings with Goan facades and
protecting the wildlife and nature of Goa.
Q: As Deputy Chief Minister, how would you make sure that
the government undertakes review of all departments as far as the mandatory
15-year domicile and knowledge of Konkani in job recruitments is concerned?
Certainly, I will start with my departments and those
under my GFP colleagues in the cabinet. I will also propose to the Chief
Minister that this exercise be undertaken for all government departments and
undertakings, including exploring all possibilities to extend this, wherever
legally tenable, to all central government establishments in the state and to
Source:: The Navhind Times