SOWS reject allegations


Shack Owners Welfare Society (SOWS) President Cruz Cardozo has rejected the allegations by aggrieved shack owners from Candolim, who have lost out on allotment of shacks.
Requesting the State government to reconsider their cases and allot additional shacks along the Candolim coast, some shack owners had accused the Shack Owners Welfare Society (SOWS) of doing little to place their demands before the State government.
Claiming to have highlighted their plight before the SOWS executive committee members, some shack owners also accused SOWS of being least bothered to help them.
Rejecting the allegations, SOWS President Cruz Cardozo said: “Shack owners from Candolim never approached us. We have taken up issues elsewhere and managed to get them resolved. Let them place their demands before us and we will try to resolve them.”
When contacted, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo felt that the demand of shack owners from Candolim was realistic and deserved consideration.
“They are our own Goans seeking self-employment through the shack business. Earlier, shacks were not allotted due to the River Princess, but now 10 additional shacks can be easily accommodated at the site. CRZ authorities and the tourism department need to inspect the site to get the facts right,” said Lobo. [H]