Gomantak Bhandari Samaj thanks govt for making illegal name change criminal offence 

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Panaji: The Gomantak Bhandari Samaj today urged State government to immediately implement the amendments introduced to the Change of Name and Surname Act, that allows authorities to imprison a person involved in illegal changes.

Samaj president Ashok Naik also demanded that pending implementation of the amendments, no applications for change of name and surname should be entertained.

“We welcome the government move to amend the Act. It will definitely stop non Goans from illegally changing their names and surnames to avail benefits in Goa,” Naik said. 

Citing latest example, Naik referred to a application forwarded by  sub-registrar Mapusa of a person by name Laxman Lamani, who want to change his surname as Naik. 

As per the amendment, the person would be imprisoned for a period upto three months if he or she fails to follow the procedure.

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