Moti Dongor residents say Digambar ditched them



 Leaders representing the Moti Dongor residents on Wednesday accused Margao MLA and ex-Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat for ditching them with false promises vis-à-vis their rehabilitation.
“The former Chief Minister, who got elected every time on our votes, left us when we were on the verge of being rendered homeless. We always stood by him, irrespective of political parties he switched. We relied and trusted his words that some day he would rehabilitate us and give us a healthy and better living,” the residents said, adding that Kamat failed to deliver his promises he has been making since the last 17 years.
“He ditched us the same way he ditched other people living in Goa. He ditched us the way he ditched the BJP and Manohar Parrikar in 2005,” they added.
The residents pointed out that they approached all politicians for helps, including Digambar Kamat, but no one offered them any help. “Finally, we approached Navin Pai Raikar, who agreed to help us out. 
He worked day and night for the last four days to prepare the writ petition,” they added.   Appearing relaxed after the court order, residents of Moti Dongor told the media they had moved for setting aside the demolition notices issued by the Administrator of Communidades, South, and have prayed for directions to the government to acquire the Communidade land so as to develop the slum area by providing reasonable accommodation and develop it as per the Slum Development Act. 

The petition sought a declaration that the Goa Land (Prohibition & Construction) Act, 1995, was ultra vires of the Constitution and prayed to restrain the government from initiating action in pursuant of the notices served by the Communidade Administrator.

The residents submitted that the notices served on the petitioners were illegal, arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 and 21 of Constitution of India and therefore liable to be quashed and set aside.

They claimed that the judges had sought queries from the government counsel over plans to rehabilitate the residents, adding that land admeasuring 23,000 sq mts was notified under the Slum Act. [H]