CM is a man in a hurry: Vijai

Stoppage of mining and the resultant unemployment, neglect of agriculture, vexed Mopa airport issue and the "neglect" of the tourism sector were some of the issues raised by legislators on Tuesday during the discussion on motion of thanks to the Governor's address in the assembly.

Opposition leader Pratapsingh Rane raised the pointed question as to how long would the government give packages to the people who have lost jobs in the mining sector. The government should take assurance from mining companies that sacked employees will be taken back in service, he said.

Former health minister Vishwajit Rane said that the government has not given any thrust to tourism. "There is no road map drawn for the development of the tourism sector, " he said. He said that Goa needs to have better packages to attract tourists to compete with other States. He joined hands with MLAs from ruling party Ganesh Gaonkar of Savordem constituency and Pramod Sawant of Sanquelim urging the government to start legal mining.

Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said that the government has every intention to strangulate the Dabolim airport in favour of the proposed Mopa airport. The late Matanhy Saldanha was not in favor of another airport , he said.

Calling Parrikar "a man in a hurry", the Fatorda MLA said, "I don't understand what is the haste when we already have one airport." He also made a strong pitch for the recovery of 35,000 crore revenue which did not reach the state coffers due to illegal mining, and warned the government against shielding people who had their hands in the mining scam.