In a televised address to the nation, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, have invited suggestions till August 4 for the most anticipated, Bhumipatra Adhikarini Bill, which has been passed by the Goa Government to the State Legislature. Sawant has planned to look in for concrete solutions and reintroduce the bill in the upcoming assembly session, after two months.
“You can give all your suggestions on goaonline.gov.in. We will accept the valid ones and reintroduce the Bill in the Goa legislative assembly in another session that will be held in two months,” he asserted.
The Goa Bhumiputra Adhikarini Bill, 2021, was passed in a hurry-scurry on July 29. As per the proposed law, any person who have resided in Goa for the last 30 consecutive years is eligible an qualifies the criteria of being a “Bhumiputra” (son of the soil) and therefore can avail for ownership of a huse (up to a plinth area of 250 square metres) and possession of a government owned land by an individual or a common group, (if contiguously living for a fixed tenure). This act also permits ownership on any structure built before April 1, 2019.
“The bill offers a mechanism to give ownership rights to dwellers of small housing units to enable them to live with dignity, self-respect and to exercise their right to life”, said Sawant in the House last week.
This Bill was proposed in the House amidst a walkout by the Opposition, who condemned the government of chucking out a poorly scripted bill without requisite discussions and discernment.
Goa Forward Party President, Dr. Pramod P. Sawant tweeted on the resultant ramifications of this bill while referring Goemkars, a child’s play.
@DrPramodPSawant’s inability to grasp either the gravity or the intricacies of governance is making him not only an unmitigated disaster for #Goa but also a laughingstock across the country. Decisions that have far reaching consequences for #Goemkars are treated as child play! https://t.co/VbR0Jz0aot
— President-Goa Forward Party (@PresidentGFP) August 3, 2021