Custodian issue: Mayem panel plans agitation


Denouncing the act of the State government for the delay in solving the Mayem custodian issue, the Mayem Nagrik Kruti Samiti on Sunday set January 26 as the deadline to solve the issue.
The Mayem Nagrik Kruti Samiti has decided to go on indefinite agitation near the Secretariat at Porvorim from January 28.
This was decided at a special meeting called by the Samiti at Mahamaya Library hall Mayem to discuss the issue. Deputy Speaker Anant Shet, Samiti President Kashinath Mayekar, Secretary Sakharam Pednekar, Panch Kajal Karbotkar, freedom fighters including Nagesh Karmali, Prabhakar Sinari, Shamsundar Nagvekar, Adv Ajitsingh Rane were among others present for the meeting.
 The speakers at the meeting came down heavily on the government for its decision to solve the issue in a phased manner.
“We need immediate action and the government’s decision to solve the issue in phased manner cannot be accepted as they are just delaying techniques,” stated Samiti President Mayekar.
Deputy Speaker Shet, who arrived late at the venue, became target of the people who questioned him about government’s decision. However, Shet tried to pacify the mob who demanded immediate action.
“I will discuss the issue with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the problem will be solved soon,” assured Shet.
However, the villagers got furious and demanded a particular date for raising the issue. As the villagers did not listen to him, Shet finally assured that he will discuss the issue with the chief minister in the next two days and a common meeting will be called with the stakeholders.
Speaking on the occasion, Adv Ajitsingh Rane demanded that the draft plan prepared by them should be implemented and that they are against government’s plan.
“The chief minister had promised us that he will solve the issue within 100 days, but even after 10 months he did not do anything to solve the issue,” stated Adv Rane.
“We don’t have any trust in solving the issue in a phased manner and the government should abolish the custodian issue through an ordinance,” demanded Adv Rane.
The freedom fighters also came down heavily on the government and expressed surprise that even after 51 years they are still not free.
Later, the Samiti members decided to give the government January 26 as the deadline to resolve the issue. They warned that if the government fails to solve the issue by the stipulated date, then they will go on indefinite agitation at the assembly at Porvorim from January 28. [H]