Pernem locals will be given first preference for jobs at Mopa airport: CM

 

Pernem citizens will be given first preference in job opportunities created by the Greenfield Mopa airport project, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said while addressing the annual day function of a school in Pernem on Tuesday. "The government will keep its word and provide jobs to the people from Pernem taluka on a priority basis in the job opportunities created by the project," Parrikar said, adding, "People will get jobs on flights or at the airport, I can assure you that."
 
Parrikar had earlier said that the government would invite a global tender for the proposed new international airport at Mopa in North Goa by March next year. Citing environmental clearance as the reason for the delay in initiating the bidding process, Parrikar had said that the government is waiting for the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.
 
The chief minister said that the airport, which will draw an investment of over 3,000 crore, will be ready in the next four years. "The land losers will be provided with a good compensation," Parrikar said.
 
Parrikar also said that a meeting of farmers who are losing land will be fixed in Dhargalim or in Panaji after scheduling a time with the local MLA and speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Rajendra Arlekar. Parrikar also came down heavily on the previous Congress government for messing up the ambitious sports city project in Dhargalim.
 
"The central government has provided 78 crore as a grant-in-aid for the sports city project , however no one knows its allocation undertaken by the previous government," Parrikar said.
 
Times View
 
Talking of getting jobs for people as a sop for agreeing to allow the Mopa airport is fine, but what about training people to become employable in the airport? There is not a single institution in Pernem taluka catering to the needs of the airline industry. There is no hospitality training institute nor any offering young men and women the training required to be hostesses. There is an ITI and a college which offer the regular basic courses (commerce, vocation, etc), but, till date, a government-driven impetus to offer citizens a chance to skill themselves has been lacking. So, mere talk will not do. [TOI]