The Goa Forward party, which had lent support to the BJP-led government in the State, has formally joined the 32-party National Democratic Alliance (NDA) with TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai calling upon the ruling dispensation headed by PM Narendra Modi to resolve Goa’s burning issues, including the nationalisation of the rivers and the Sound Pollution Act.
At the NDA meeting held in Delhi which was also attended by PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar representing the MGP, Sardesai drew the attention of NDA leadership, including the PM the issue of nationalisation of Goa’s rivers. “I drew attention of the PM that Goans, who pursue traditional occupations, will face immense hardships if they have to seek permissions of the Centre to pursue their occupations. I also underlined the need on the party to delegate powers to the State government by amending the Environment Protection Act to frame State centric laws on sound ban,” he said.
“I drew the attention of the NDA leadership the need to protect and preserve Goa’s ethos and culture, heritage and traditions. Given that the State is a tourist destination, I drew attention of the leaders how the ban on liquor outlets has hit the industry and how the Sound pollution Act has affected tourism and local traditions,” he added.