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Monday, May 30, 2016

Goa Forward promises 1 pao

Panaji: With the youth as its primary focus, Goa Forward promoted itself as an 'alternative' regional party for the upcoming 2017 assembly election.
Some youth members of the Congress party tendered their resignation on Monday and joined Goa Forward.
Those who joined Goa Forward include Congress youth leader and former NCP national secretary Tanveer Khatib, vice president Makdai block Congress committee and former panch Talaulim Sandeep Naik, chairman minority block Mapusa and treasurer Mapusa block Congress committee Firoz Khan, secretary IT cell GPCC Keshav Desai, secretary GPCC Durgadas Kamat, social worker from Mormugao Vikram Naik, and North Goa president National Students Union of India Prajay Vaigainkar. Commemorating Goa Statehood Day with a State youth conclave on Monday, Goa Forward resolved to enhance the quality of education to international standards and develop the state as a knowledge hub with quality institutions to empower youth in the modern age of technology and competition.
Goa Forward also promised free WiFi facilities for the entire state, replacement of the Madhya Pradesh Control of Music and Noises Act with a law that is conducive to Goa and an all out war on proliferation of drugs.
Where Goa's environment is concerned, Goa Forward promised to protect agricultural land being sold or transferred to non locals, tighten rules governing conversion of agricultural and forest land, declare a land acquisition policy giving land losers a stake in the project, make coconut tree the state tree and repeal the recent amendment with respect to the tree and revamp tourism with focus on Goa as a peaceful, creative and pious destination.
Where employment and entrepreneurship is concerned, Goa Forward's prime agenda will be implementation of a policy of 80% job reservation to Goans in private sector and cent per cent in public sector, enforced by watchdog committees of youth and young to facilitate skill development and entrepreneurship among the youth.
Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai pointing out that old leaders will not be able to solve the problems that they themselves have created over the years said Goa needs a militant youth movement.
The state doesn't need to be ruled by a high command sitting in Delhi, but by a regional party led by a Goan leader. Besides corruption, Goans are also grappling with an identity problem he said, criticising Parsekar's recent comments on special status.
If special status can't be granted by the centre there are laws that can be introduced by the state to ensure that the identity and land of Goans are protected he said.
Sardesai promised subsidised fish and subsidised local bread (pao at Re 1) and promised to demolish the slums and provide alternate accommodation for its dwellers. Prabhakar Timble said Goa Forward would encourage fresh young faces and focus on quality in education.
Tanveer Khatib said as a member of the minority community the Congress party treated him like a stooge and always played "vote bank and accommodative politics" giving tickets to those who didn't deserve and were not likely to win.
Dr Francisco Colaco said the state desperately needs young leaders in a country where majority of the population is below 40, but elects leaders who are over 60.
MLA Naresh Sawal also said it was time to do away with high commands in Delhi and vote for a party that could take immediate decisions on its own.

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