Cong seeks CM’s reply over ‘unwillingness’ on Vasco lockdown


Margao: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar on Tuesday alleged that the Chief Minister had interest in coal and ore transportation in Vasco and further claimed that it was because of this interest that the CM didn’t want to put the port town under lockdown.

The party also raised concern saying that it has come to light that name of BJP’s mahila mandal president and ZP candidate allegedly featured in the list of labourers that received financial assistance from the government.

Speaking to media persons at the South Goa Congress district office, Chodankar said the Chief Minister has to come clear on these issues.

“The MLA, municipality and organisations in Vasco have been demanding to put the entire Vasco under lockdown but the Chief Minister is not doing it. The Chief Minister should take a clear stand on what his interests are,” he said.

On the issue of alleged labour scam, Chodankar said, “We have received the list of beneficiaries for the labour scheme and are still studying the entire list, but we were surprised to find BJP Aldona Mahila Mandal and recent ZP election candidate Manisha Naik’s name on the list. This also has to be clarified by the CM.”

The GPCC president also claimed there were cases in Sankhali where people who had not registered under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) were receiving Rs 500 in their accounts. Meanwhile, the South Goa Congress district committee flagged off a van carrying essential items including rice, dal and vegetables to the containment area of Mangor Hill. Flagged off by Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat said the supplies were arranged for after one of the councillors had said essential items were not available to them.