300 job aspirants on indefinite hunger stir

Around 300 job aspirants, mainly victims of regime change, were back on the streets, as they begun an indefinite hunger strike at Azad Maidan, demanding ‘justice’ from the BJP government which has sent signals of scrapping their recruitment alleging irregularities by erstwhile Congress government .

For the state, it’s back to square one ~ when the BJP was voted out and Congress came to power, dissatisfied job seekers comprising malaria workers, teachers and others were supported by BJP. Now that the tables have turned, it’s the Congress that is supporting the job seekers.

Speaking to the media persons, the striking job seekers called on Parrikar not to fool them, nor the people of Goa.

“Parrikar cannot go on saying ‘illegalities’, repeatedly. He should tell us what our illegalities are. We have done nothing wrong,” one of the strikers told Herald.

Another questioned the ‘lies’ that are being fed by BJP. “BJP MLAs Subhash Phaldessai, Nilesh Cabral, Pramod Sawant and others are saying that there are no people from the mining belt being employed in the mines department. Here I can count at least 12 people hailing from these constituencies who have been appointed and now have their jobs kept on hold.

“ Worse the other day (Laxmikant) Parsekar said that all interviews were conducted on one day. The interviews were conducted over six days in batches”,  another protester said adding, “they should stop fooling the people. They should tell us on the face that we are not getting jobs because they do not want to give us.”

Towards the evening, the protesters performed a ‘gharane’ (petitions) at the martyr’s memorial petitioning the souls of the departed martyrs to give them the strength to carry on their struggle against the present government.

The job seekers who call themselves ‘political victims’ will also be praying at various important temples and churches in the state upto September 10. The temples include the Bodgeshwar Devasthan in Mapusa, the Mahalaxmi, Maruti and Sakhlyo temple in Panjim, Katamgali and Zareshwar in Ponda, the Baingineshwar, and Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, Fulancho Khuris in Bambolim,  Damodar Devasthan in Zambaulim and Vasco and Ajoba at Arambol.

The protesters belong to various departments including Health, geology and mines, Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services and education. Other from departments such as water resources are supposed to join the strikers later. [H]