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Panaji: Moving beyond the realm of politics, Law Minister Francis D’Souza has listened to AAP.  Goa government has dissolved the committee formed to issue No Objection Certificates to the Overseas Indian Citizens (OIC) to buy properties in the State under Foreign Exchange Management Authority (FEMA) provisions.

State Law and Judiciary department took the decision to withdraw the circular after Aam Admi Party (AAP) submitted a memorandum to minister Francis D’Souza against the committee.

On April 24, 2018, AAP had submitted memorandum to D’Souza stating that the committee which was supposed to issue NOC to buy or sell the immovable property in Goa had hardly met leaving behind several hundred files for the certificates.

Responding to the memorandum, State department of law and judiciary on May 17 issued the order “dissolving the committee.” The order is signed by under secretary Diwan Rane.

The order which dissolves the committee further has said that “however, in order to ensure that the provision of FEMA Act, 1999 and various guidelines, memorandum and other directives of Government of India, Reserve Bank of India and other statutory authorities regarding transaction of immovable properties involving Non Resident Indians, Non Citizens of india, Overseas Citizens of India and the like category persons shall have civil registrars cum sub registrars scrutinizing the documents.”

In regards to the files which are already pending with the committee, the order has asked the State Registar cum Head of Notary Services to send the files to Sub Registrars.

AAP’s Goa Convenor Elvis Gomes who had taken up the issue today thanked D’Souza by visiting him at his office in Mapusa town for adhering to the demands of his party.

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