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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

First round of govt-BBSM talks on MOI end inconclusively

PANAJI: The talks between the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) leaders, held on Wednesday, to discuss the withdrawal of government grants to 100-odd English primary schools run by the Diocesan Society of Education, remained inconclusive.
The Chief Minister, briefing about the interaction said that the talks are not over yet, and he would invite the BBSM leaders again for second round of talks. “I am quite optimistic that a solution would be reached to the Medium of Instruction (MOI) problem,” he added.
BBSM co-ordinator Subhash Velingkar, told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the Chief Minister, during the meeting went roundabout the issue, without touching upon the actual demand. He also said that the talks did not proceed on a positive note.
Maintaining that the BBSM is firm on its demand, Velingkar said that the agitation would continue till the demand is met. “In fact, we will further intensify the agitation in the coming days,” he warned, stating that the BBSM is however open for second round of talks with the Chief Minister, and in all probability, will meet him soon.
Velingkar also reiterated that the BBSM is all ready to provide modalities to the government as regards withdrawing government grants provided to the particular group of schools. “But then the government should first agree to withdraw the grants,” he quipped.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had agreed to meet the BBSM leaders after the Manch sent a reminded memorandum – a copy of the memorandum presented to the Chief Minister in the past – to the Chief Minister recently, and further stated that the government should take into consideration the intensity of the BBSM agitation, which has increased from June 18, and immediately meet the BBSM leaders so as to take up official talks with them, on the MOI issue.
Another senior member of the BBSM, who also attended the meeting with the Chief Minister, told this daily that no concrete assurance has been given by the Chief Minister to them, in connection of their demand. “The Chief Minister made no specific statement on the issue,” he informed, adding that if the BBSM leaders are again invited by the Chief
Minister for further talks, they would definitely oblige him, as doing otherwise would be nothing less than showing disrespect to the chair of the Chief Minister.
“But the BBSM agitation would go on till the government grants to English primary schools are withdrawn, and there is no compromise on the issue,” the BBSM member stressed.

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