CM assures discussion on special status


Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar  has assured a delegation of the core group of the Goa’s Movement for Special Status that the Legislative Assembly would discuss and pass a resolution on the issue of special status on April 5. 
GMSS had called on the chief minister demanding that a resolution be moved in the budget session of the assembly seeking special status under article 371 of the Constitution. 
“The Chief Minister, while expressing support to the cause of Special Status, assured us that he himself would speak on the issue at the ongoing Budget Session and assured that he would allocate time in the Assembly for a full fledged discussion on Special Status for Goa on April 5th,” read the statement signed by Prajal Sakhardande and John Lobo the President and Secretary of the organisation recently.  
The delegation which visited him on the eve of the first death anniversary of Matanhy Saldanha recalled Matanhy’s efforts to fight for the cause. 
“The late Matanhy Saldanha had time and again publicly declared that Goa had evolved an unique culture, identity and ethos, due to historical reasons and given its small size, it was imperative that the demographic balance (should) be maintained. In the past, he had also rued the fact that while politicians paid lip service to the issue, there was not even the slightest effort or sincerity on their part to move for implementation of Special Status for Goa,” the GMFSS said. 
The discussion would culminate with a resolution being passed in the Assembly in favour of Special Status for Goa. [H]