Chairman of Karnataka Border Region Development Board, Babu Rao Chinchanasur has requested the State government to sanction funds for the board to purchase sites locally so that the Kannadigas in Goa can build houses, reported Kannada Prabha.
Chinchanasur has written to the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that despite repeated requests the Goa government has not made any alternate arrangement for the refugee Kannadigas in Byna Beach hence the Karnataka Border Region Development Board can take up the relief works. Funds should be released to purchase sites locally and distribute to the Kannadigas there at 20x30 for each family, he said. He had gone to Byna and met the refugees to listen to their woes and after returning wrote the letter. The Kannadigas are residing at Byna beach since 3 decades.
The families have voter ID cards, ration cards, birth certificate, death certificate, tax paid receipts, electricity bill and such documents. Yet the Goa government has demolished a total of 694 houses since 2004 brushing aside humanitarian concerns, he said. Since three years they are appealing for compensation but in van, he said.
Meanwhile, Goa Agriculture Minister Vijay Saradesai has clarified that action will be taken against all who sell fish at retail in the wholesale market and not only Lambanis. On Tuesday he had tweeted that “challenge accepted, Lamanis will be banned from selling fish at retain.”
The National Lamani Association had lodged complaint against the tweet with Goa Fisheries Minister Vinod Paleenakar. Vijay Sardesai subsequently tweeted “I had received complaints against Lamanis and hence tweeted targeting them. I apologise”.
However, in another twist, Goa Government has appealed to the Central Government to restrict fishermen from Karnataka to fish in sea area coming under Goa. Goa Minister Vijay Sardesai said Karnataka fishermen use LED lights and big trawlers which are harmful to fish.