Asserting that future of Goa and Goans need to be safeguarded, Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo on Thursday envisaged the enactment of a law to restrict non-Goans from buying orchard, agriculture and non-settlement land in the State but would allow them to buy flats or land that has a sanad (converted land). He also said that the statue of Dr Jack Sequeira should be erected in the confines of the Goa Assembly since he was the first leader of opposition and the Goa Opinion Poll day should be declared as a State function. “If Goa is to be left for Goans, we need to enact a law which does not allow selling of orchard, agricultural and non-settlement land to people from outside the State of Goa,” Lobo said. “But people coming from other States should be allowed to buy flats or land with a sanad (converted land) in the State,” he added. The waste management minister was addressing a gathering at a function to commemorate the Opinion Poll day in Calangute.
Speaking further, Lobo said such laws exist in other states and Goa government can include some more stringent conditions in the legislation. “Those who are interested to buy land should have minimum 25-year domicile certificate. This is there in other states. In many states you cannot buy agricultural land,” he said. Stating that massive in-migration of Indians from other states could soon convert the indigenous Goan population in the State into a minority, he said according to a new census the total population of Goa had gone up to 18 lakh of which the number of Goans have remained the same while the number of non-Goans had gone up. “I will write to the chief minister and our newly elected party president and to all the MLAs that this bill should come and become an Act. If we have the interest of Goem and Goemkar at heart, this bill will have to be tabled and passed unanimously. It is in the interest of the BJP that we safeguard Goa for Goans,” Lobo said.
The waste management minister disclosed that former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar was in consonance with the idea that Dr Jack Sequeira’s statue should come in the precincts of the Goa Assembly as the first leader of opposition. “Dr Jack Sequeira fought to preserve Goa for Goans and therefore to recognise his contribution his statue should come as the first leader of opposition in the State. I will work, definitely I will work and one fine day people of Goa will give me the opportunity to do the honours,” he said. Calangute Sarpanch Francisco Rodrigues, Candolim Sarpanch Blaize Fernandes and other panch members were also present. Dr Jack Sequeira’s daughter Lily Sequeira and his nephew Jack Sequeira were also present on the occasion.
Baptized after his famed uncle, Jack Sequeira, nephew of Dr Jack Sequeira, on Thursday said he hoped one day the government would recognise the contribution of his illustrious uncle and give him his due place in the annals of Goan history. “Calangute is the first panchayat that has honoured Dr Jack Sequeira. I hope the State government will understand the significance of the (Opinion Poll) day and hold a State function to commemorate the day,” Sequeira said. He said former Calangute Sarpanch Joseph Sequeira had erected the statue and began to commemorate the Opinion Poll day in the village and current MLA, Michael Lobo and the panchayat have continued the practice. The daughter of Dr Jack Sequeira, Lily Sequeira who was also present for the function in Calangute, said that she has been attending the function for the last 18 years.