Land grabbing cases in Goa began 15 years back, police complaints were not taken seriously: CM


Panaj:Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that the state government had not to form the Special Investigation Team to probe the cases of land grabbing, had the police department not treated the cases with the casual attitude.

Sawant said that some of the land grab cases were filed way back, some 15 years back with respective police stations, but they were treated casually by the respective officers.

“These complaints were treated like a routine one. That is why we had to form a Special Investigation Team (Land) to probe them. This land grabbing had started 15 years back,” he said.

The chief minister was addressing State Secretaries and Head of Departments on the occasion of Vigilance Awareness Week on Monday at Porvorim, near here.

Sawant said that the delay in processing file is also anti-government attitude. “Sometimes, the officer say that he is not corrupt. But he delays in processing the file and by doing that, he is incurring loses to the state. Such behaviour is equally corrupt,” he said.

The chief minister said that if subordinate staff do their duty in time, then 99 per cent cases would not reach to seniors or even people would not have had to come to ministers.

Sawant said that the state government, since last three months, has activated the Department of Public Grievances inviting people to send their complaints online and also offline.

He said that during last three months, the department has received 306 complaints of which almost 70 per cent were addressed by the concerned officer.


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