The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, on Saturday, categorically stated that the Fatorda MLA, Mr Vijay Sardesai, should extend unconditional support to the government for five years to get the maximum benefit for Fatorda.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of his visit to the new Collectorate building in Margao, on Saturday, Mr Parrikar said that the MLA should first try to pass on the available government scheme to the people instead of demanding changes instantly.
“He should first try to take the benefit of the scheme and then can demand the changes,’’ he remarked adding that “If I have to make a crisp comment on it (the issue), I would only say that this (house-wife) scheme would not be for Fatorda people. They are rich.’’
When asked by the media to react to the Fatorda MLA’s statement who has said that the ceiling of Rs 3 lakh income for the said scheme would deny the benefits to the middle class people of Goa, Mr Parrikar said “he ( Vijay ) being the first time MLA, he should have a positive look of the schemes.”
“What the Congress government did not do in the last seven and half years, the BJP government has done in few months. Let us accept it. We will be effecting the necessary changes in the schemes certainly after observations and in the due course of time,’’ he said while speaking to the media.
Explaining further, the Chief Minister said that his government has never differentiated in sanctioning the schemes to the people of Goa.
“While sanctioning the Ladli Laxmi Scheme, I have given consideration to 26.07 per cent Catholics, 3.5 per cent Muslims and the remaining percentage to Hindus. This sanctions were based on the calculation of the 2001 census. There may be slight difference. I am revealing this to clarify to those who have made allegations against me that certain community was sidelined while sanctioning the scheme,’’ he added.
He informed that the application forms which were all correct, were approved first, while those applicants submitted incomplete forms were asked to correct them with proper documentation.
“We hardly rejected the forms. The number of rejected forms was just 13,’’ he said assuring to reach the scheme to all deserving people in the state. [NT]