MISSION POLITICAL RESERVATION FOR ST of Goa gearing up for “ULGULAAN “Movement
After conducting series of successful meetings in SanqueleimConstituencies, Mission Political Reservation for Scheduled Tribes of Goa moved it focus on other constituencies across Goa. Mission conducted series of village level meetings in last 2 days inValpoi,Cumbarjua and Quepem Constituencies to create awareness about the pending constitutional rights of tribal’s & to make people aware about why Reservation of seats in assembly is important to fulfilling pending demands of ST.s. Mission have deployed 7 teams to creat awareness about constitutional rights and are getting good support from every village level meeting with attendance of 100+ people per meeting.
Two meetings were held in Valpoi Constituency on Saturday in Village Panchayat USgao, one at Nanus Village and another at PaliwadaVillage as part of its awareness campaign . one meeting was held in Cumbarjua in Gawant village on Sunday . four meetings in Morpirllavillage at Quepem constituency on Saturday. Mission has also started door to door visits to make people aware about its rights. In meetings, they explained the people What are the pending demands which we were supposed to get as per the constitution & What rights they have not got till today, being notified as Scheduled Tribes in 2003. Today 3500 backlog vacancies in government jobs are pending, there are no Basic facilities like water, light, Roads, education facilities in many villages of tribal, they have to Struggles in getting Govt Schemes, Loans and Subsidies in various departments due to lengthy and complicated documentations, there are schemes but funds are not been given and diverted to other projects. Schedule Area Notification not been done ,Tribes Advisory Council not functioning , there are more than 10000 Forest right individual claims not been settled , ST Commission has no powers as rules are not framed,. files of loans for house construction/ repair , files of self-employment schemes for business, remain pending in ST Corporation for 1-2 years due to lack of funds, the same is the case of Agricultural schemes .
They explained that From the Annual Budget The state Government has to spend 10 .23% funds i.e 2500 crores every year on tribal people development . But only 400 to 500 crores funds are being Allocated every year and out of which only app.200 crores is being Spent every year. . If the government had spent 2500 crore every year there could have been a total development of our community within 5 years. OurFunds have been robbed by the Government all these years since 2003.The time has come that 2.0lac ST community people should unite to fight for our rights .we have 154000 Voters(app.) with sizeable population in 22 Constituencies which can make difference if we remain united.
They stressed that All the above demands can be fulfilled if we have Elected representatives from our community on reserved seats. Hence political reservation is very much needed. Only elected representatives from Reserved seats can raise voice on our demands in assembly, canframe good policies and schemes which will benefit us and thereby help for upliftment of our community. Those now elected on Party tickets listen to their party bosses and work for the party and not for the community, added Rupesh Velip, General Secretary of the Mission.
President of the Mission Adv. Joao Fernandes appealed to people that we should Unitedly fight for the rights and to support Mission political Reservation so that we get Reservation in assembly before 2024 Lok -Sabha Elections.
People in every meeting demanded that Chief minister of Goa Pramod Sawant who is also Tribal that ,he should take all party delegation to center to meet Minister for Law and justice Arjun Meghwal and Home Minister Amit Shah, and get notification togive Political Reservation before 2024 Lok Sabha elections as assured by him in assembly .
It May be recalled that the Mission team has given 15 days Ultimatum to Chief Minister on 25th Octomber2023 to take all party delegation at the center failing which they will launch “ULGULLAN” Movement starting from his resident from 16th day.
All the Members present in every meeting have vowed to support ULGULLAN Movement declared by Mission to get political reservation before 2024 Parliamentary election.