Why oppn MLAs were left out of COVID meetings, asks Kamat

Margao: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Thursday raised a host of issues in the state, pointing to the failure of the government as regards the handling of COVID-19 pandemic, the economy and also the deteriorating law and order situation. Speaking to media persons at the Congress’ South Goa district office, Kamat, in the presence of former minister Aleixo Sequeira and the South Goa district Congress president Joseph Dias, said the state was under a health, financial and law and order emergency.

“It is unfortunate that former minister Jose Philip D’Souza was compelled to expose the ill-treatment meted out to his brother and sitting councillor of Mormugao late Pascoal D’Souza at COVID hospital, Margao. There is complete collapse of COVID management,” he said.

The government cannot even provide clean and hot water to patients and the food quality is extremely pathetic, he said.

Hence, he said the government must immediately appoint a proper caterer who will provide food with utmost hygiene and care, while also demanding clarity on the various action plans announced by the Chief Minister and Health Minister.

He also raised questions about why opposition MLAs were not called for meetings held to discuss the COVID situation in each taluka.

Condemning the incident at Sattari where locals were detained and later let off, Kamat demanded that the Chief Minister and DGP take cognisance of the issue and initiate action.

He also said that people were feeling insecure and unsafe after the St Cruz firing incident, calling it a collapse of law and order in the state. “The economy has completely collapsed in the state and the government has no plans to revive it,” he stated.

The party’s demand to release white paper on finance and COVID situation to the business advisory committee was also made adding that a decision on future course of action on the duration of the Assembly session would be taken only after studying the white paper. [NT]